Here are a List of 5 Toronto Support Groups to combat COVID Mental Health Struggles
As we know, Covid-19 has hit us all hard, some in similar ways in yet very different circumstances. One thing for sure is that mental health is an important topic; it is something we all have at the top of our minds and experience on a day to day basis. From depression to anxiety, many people in Toronto are stuck in the city, living alone or apart from their families which can be tough. Health officials have put many things in place to combat the harsh realities of mental health in the city: Some in the form of groups, others online therapy. Without a doubt, we are protected. So, here are some of the best support groups for mental health accessible in Toronto right now:
Every Friday, from 1pm-3pm EDT, Hope + Me of Mood Associations of Toronto hosts a drop-in support group for bi-polar inflicted patients or individuals. Here, registration is required and attendees meet virtually once a week to discuss the extremities of the condition, personal challenges and provide an open space for talk, discussion and questions for healing and recovery. A facilitator conducts the 2 hour session every week.
Every Tuesday, from 7pm-8:50pm, the Depression and Anxiety Group of Hope + Me, Mood Associations of Toronto, hosts an open space specifically for the topics of depression and anxiety. These two illnesses are commonly faced and have increased significantly during the Covid-19 period and addressed sensitively and patiently by facilitators who organize and run the group. Open questions are asked to break the ice, which are then followed by individuals who choose to open up and speak of their experiences. All information remains private, respected and confidential and individuals have an opportunity to be heard and make new friends.
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Run by the Toronto Adult ADD Support Group, is a peer support group that meets twice every month. The group welcomes those who are affected by ADHD and allows for discussions, roadblocks to be communicated to facilitators and strategies in combating these roadblocks to be put in place. The support group is held in a functional way in that it allows for a strategic plan to help those with ADHD. Non-judgmental language is used as the group shares on issues surrounding ADHD.
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Group therapy allows for a safe and secure space for professionally trained therapists to simultaneously work with a group of people who are diagnosed with mental health illnesses or addictions. It is a positive and healthy way in which information is shared with therapists and are collaboratively worked on to transform the lives of those who encounter these types of challenges. CAMH offers 2 different types of group therapy: process-oriented groups and psycho-educational groups. Each person is offered patience, guidance and acceptance while working within group therapy in attaining their goal.
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The family is not forgotten on this journey in supporting relatives and loved ones who are experiencing mental health illnesses. The CMHA provides services and supportive counseling for members of the family who see their loved one suffering and do not know how else to help. These counseling services are to offer support, information and skills to uncertain family members and for those who live in Toronto and have a loved one from 16-65 years experiencing a mental health issue. Here is the intake form for Family Support at CMHA.
These are trying times, but help is not far in Toronto. Do not be discouraged. There are many resources available to help take charge of the current situation. Even though your world has been turned inside out and you feel you may be alone in this, you are not. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a friend today. We are here to help and are all in this together.