Youthspace.ca is made up of a community of volunteers who are here to support you – whatever you are going through.
All volunteers are trained in emotional support, crisis response, and ASIST Suicide First Aid.
We won’t give you advice, or tell you what to do because we believe you know you best! We work to empower you to live your healthiest life. We will support you in the moment, encourage you to explore your thoughts, feelings, fears, options, ideas, and resources.
Programs & Services:
Online Chat / SMS Text Chat (778-783-0177)
On any night, between 6pm and midnight PST, you can click on “Online Chat” or “SMS Text Chat” to chat with us. We want to hear what’s going on for you. You do not need to be in ‘crisis’ to chat with us. We can chat about stress, relationships, school, suicide, abuse, or other concerns on your mind. We don’t give advice because we believe everyone is resourceful, capable and has the right to make their own decisions. We will help you explore ideas, options, supports and resources. We’re here to help you build and access strategies for coping with life’s many challenges.
Youth counsellors are trained to provide support for a variety of issues, including:
- Relationships and Social Life
- Family Conflict
- School and Work Challenges
- Addictions and Substance Abuse
- Violence and Abuse
- Mental, Physical and Sexual Health
- Other issues you are dealing with
Receive peer support by asking questions in topic related online forums.
Contact: For more information, visit www.youthspace.ca
Routes is one of many programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto- Branch (CMHA). We are a Peer Run Community Space for adults looking to connect with peer support, socialize in a safe and accepting space, and learn about mental health resources.
What is Peer Support?
Peer support strives for recovery and, in doing so, it considers the wellness of the whole person. Empowering relationships, engagement in meaningful activities, and an ability to experience happiness are all part of recovery.
What We Do at Routes
We provide a wide variety of recovery educational tools and social programming designed to promote self-awareness and wellbeing. Also, we like to have a lot of fun!
Groups and Workshops:
We offer a variety of different groups and workshops that may change from month to month – so be sure to check our calendar monthly! You can pick up a hard copy at Routes or email firstname.lastname@example.org for electronic copy. Our website is under construction, please stay tuned for our new web address.
We have some regulars programs such as PeerZone, WRAP, Yoga, CBT, Community Walks and Mindfulness, but we’re also regularly trying out new groups and workshops that are based on the feedback and input from our members. So please see the peer staff at Routes if you have program ideas!
Who can enroll?
Anyone who is looking to access peer support and/or be part of an inclusive and respectful community.
How do I enroll?
Contact Routes Manager Amy Wakelin
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday 12:00-8:00pm (Closed Sun)
The Anne Johnston Health Station (AJHS) is a not-for-profit community health centre providing a wide range of programs and services that promote the health and well-being of youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities. We are a fully accessible barrier free environment. All of our programs and services are free of charge and include primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion and community development.
Programs & Services:
Primary Health Care
We believe in a client-centered, multi-disciplinary approach to primary health care. This means that our clients are at the centre of any planning and decision making about their treatment and/or care.
Treatment plans focus on promoting wellness, mobility, and function. To be eligible for physiotherapy services, you must be a registered client of the Anne Johnston Health Station.
Our onsite attendant care staff assist with activities such as personal grooming, transferring, ventilator and tracheotomy services, and more.
In order to assist AJHS clients in their overall health, we have a chiropody (foot) clinic for maintenance of general foot health and managing unexpected foot ailments.
Therapists provide counselling, case management and advocacy to clients in our catchment area. We provide individual, couple and family counselling to youth, seniors and people with physical disabilities.
The dietitian works with individuals and groups to support healthy eating for a variety of dietary needs including chronic diseases, heart health, healthy weight and other dietary requirements. Staff also help individuals learn how to improve their health and stay healthy.
The occupational therapist provides in home intervention and psychosocial support to help develop or maintain the skills to manage daily living at home safely, independently and with confidence.
Seniors Home Health program
The Seniors Home Health Program provides primary health care services to frail and homebound seniors, ages 55 and up, that live in our catchment area.
Bellwood Health Services is a centre of excellence in the treatment of addictions. Since 1984, Bellwood has provided addiction treatment for individuals and families across Canada experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, or behaviours relating to sex, gambling and eating.
Programs & Services:
Comprehensive Treatment Program
We offer specialized, comprehensive and client-centred treatment programs that help you recover in a safe and caring environment. Through a variety of addiction educational and counselling sessions, you gain insight into your unique issues, and develop new skills and abilities to live a healthy life. Clients receive specialized care and support to address their physical health, psychological health, and relationship/social health needs.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program
The Program is a multi-phased, comprehensive and structured program. It provides group counselling, relapse prevention, education and support that will help you begin your journey of recovery.
Residential program provides comprehensive treatment, and is validated by years of research and experience. It is designed to promote long-term recovery based on clear evidence that continuing care/ aftercare is an integral part of successful recovery.
Individual, Couple & Family Counselling
Bellwood offers counselling services for individuals and families, at all stages of the recovery process. Through counselling, we teach our clients how to cope with the challenges of addiction, and provide them with the support they need as they progress through recovery.
Eligibility: Ontario residents. 19 years +
Arrabon House, a Parkdale community based service for young women, was established in 1973 by community members concerned about adolescent girls in need of safe shelter, positive life skills and emotional support.
Arrabon house, our core residential program, provides 24-hour support in a structured and home-like environment. The residents are attend school, are employed or enrolled in a training program while at Arrabon. Through counseling, life skills mentoring and socialization, our dedicated team of professionals provides support and encourages personal growth for our young women.
A secondary program that provides co-op housing to women as a transitional, independence based living environment.
Eligibility: Women ages 13-24yrs
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Programs & Services:
CAMH’s Addiction Program offers specialized treatment options to meet the unique needs of all CAMH clients with drug, alcohol, gambling or other addiction issues.
Child, Youth & Family Services
The Child, Youth and Family Program is committed to client-centred care, providing intensive and specialized services for young people with mental health and/or addiction problems. We provide:
- comprehensive assessments
- medication consultations
- individual and family therapy
- specialized treatment groups
- day treatment and school programs
Complex Mental Illness
The Complex Mental Illness program includes clients whose serious mental illness has brought them in contact with the law and who are now in the forensic mental health system.
The program provides a continuum of care that includes assessment, treatment and rehabilitation across a range of units at different levels of security, as well as community supervision, consultation, and specialty services.
CAMH’s Dual Diagnosis Service helps people who have a dual diagnosis, and offers support to their families and care providers. In Ontario, “dual diagnosis” refers to people who have both a developmental disability and emotional, behavioural or psychiatric difficulties.
CMHA is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Programs & Services:
Case Management Services help individuals with mental illness who need support with their day-to-day activities, such as banking, medical appointments, and budgeting.
Assertive Community Treatment
ACT Teams provides intensive support services for individuals with serious mental illness who have very complex needs, and who find it difficult to engage with other mental health services.
Transitional Youth Program
The goal of our Transitional Youth Program is to assist youth in regaining and maintaining age-appropriate milestones and minimize the disruption that mental illness can have on their lives.
What Next? Peer Support Program
What Next! is a warm and welcoming drop-in centre for individuals with mental illness that is run by and for the participants themselves. The focus is on promoting hope, wellness and recovery.
The Centre for Mental Health is a multi-component treatment program for people dealing with late-life mental health problems. We understand the complexity of aging. While research and education are integrated into all that we do, our focus and commitment is to provide excellent clinical care for all of our clients.
Programs & Services:
Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services
It is an in-home and outpatient service that provides psychiatry assessment for older people experiencing mental health problems such as depression and memory loss. It also provides treatment and referral for those who do not have access to psychiatric services.
Inpatient Psychiatry Program
The Inpatient Psychiatry Program provides assessment and short term management of mental health issues, by an interdisciplinary team, for older adults. The major focus of the unit is mood disorders.
Long-Term Care Behavioural Support Outreach Team
A specialized team comprised of an advance practice nurse, registered nurses and personal support workers helping seniors with unmanageable behaviours who are living in long-term care homes.
Mood and Related Disorders Clinic
Our specialists provide assessment, care, education and counseling services on an outpatient basis.
Psychiatric Day Hospital for Depression
This out-patient service is for seniors in the community who suffer from depressive illness. Treatment consists of individual, group, and family therapy and medication optimization. Emphasis is placed on the treatment of depression and learning new coping skills through a multidisciplinary team. Physician referral required.
Eligibility: Ages 65+
At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Programs & Services:
Support Groups offer individuals the opportunity to help each other in an informal setting with the philosophy that individuals are the experts of their own experience. Guided by a professional facilitator, people can share their stories and receive encouragement from others, which for many is the first step in moving from isolation to becoming part of a community and feeling a sense of belonging. This type of group is also available for families, friends and partners.
Eligibility: Ages 17+