Talk To Youth Now Peer Support Group

Talk To Youth Now Peer Support Group

New Group!

Talk to Youth Now (TTYN) recognizes the benefits of gathering with other people who have had similar experiences. This is a friendly, non-judgmental space where you can express yourself among your peers. It is open to all those who have experienced any type of mental health related challenge who are looking for a space to feel listened to and supported.

What can you expect?
Information about community resources
Ideas about accessing employment and education supports
Insight into different wellness tools
A feeling that you are NOT alone

If you don’t feel like talking and only want to listen we still welcome your presence. So if you would like to gain support and encouragement in a confidential environment environment we welcome you to drop-in.

Click on the image below to download the flier.

Breaking Bread: Bringing Hope

Breaking Bread: Bringing Hope

img013The idea behind the campaign is simple – invite friends or family to a fun event hosted by you. Your event can be as simple or as elaborate as you like…from apps with girlfriends, or a backyard barbeque to a gourmet meal around your dinner table! Each of your guests will be asked to pay to attend your event, by making a donation to our new Youth Engagement program which will make a significant difference in the lives of young people with mental health distress. The amount of the donation will be determined by the host and all donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. All hosts will also receive a copy of Toronto Star columnist Corey Mintz’s book “How to Host a Dinner Party.

Instructions, Documents, and More Information

Breaking Bread: Bringing Hope

1) What will you do for your Breaking Bread (Click on the blue text to download PDF of below suggestions)

  • Canada Day Backyard Barbeque
  • Hosting my bridge club
  • A 3 course dinner party with wine pairings
  • A Beer Sampling Party
  • A Sunday Brunch
  • Having boys over to have snacks and watch the game
  • Having company up to cottage for weekend
  • Birthday party

Any memorable, fun event for the benefit of charity!!

2) Sample guest invitation (Click on text to download PDF)

You can make your own invitations however you like, but the above PDF document will give you some ideas on how you might like to explain things to your guests.

3) Instructions for Hosting Your Breaking Bread Event  (Click on text to download PDF)

The above document gives you clear step by step instructions to guide you through the process of hosting your own charity dinner party.

4) Donor contact information (Click on text to download PDF)

This is a printable sheet you can use to collect and keep track of the information at your event of who has donated.

5) Host notes about the charity  (Click on text to download PDF)

Above is a suggestion about how you can educate your guests about Family Outreach and Response and also how you could perhaps, kick your evening off when welcoming all your guests.

Winter Programming

Winter Programming

For any family wanting connection with other families:

Family Drop In – Mondays 3:00 to 5:00 starting January 20th. Contact person: Elly Litvak ext 416-539-9449 225

Family Mental Health Recovery Course - Starts Tuesday evenings February 4th 5:30 – 7:30. To register contact , Elly Litvak ext 416-539-9449 225

(Wellness and Recovery Action Planning) WRAP for Youth – Begins Monday January 15th 5:30 -7:30, 8 weeks.  Contact Tamara Daniel ext 416-539-9449 224.

Family Early Psychosis Course – Starts Thursday January 16th 6:00 – 8:00pm. Ten Week Class.  Lara Halloway 416-539-9449 ext. 223

(Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) ACT for Youth – Beginning April 1st, Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30pm. Weekly Class, 6 weeks.  Tamara Daniel 416-539-9449 ext. 224

Photovoice January 30th 6:30 – 9:00 - Open House Video Fag Gallery. Mark the date: Details to follow. For more information, contact Tamara Daniel 416-539-9449  ext. 224

Family Outreach Reaches Out

Family Outreach Reaches Out
Family Outreach Reaches Out

Join Our Campaign!

Family Outreach and Response puts an end to families in distress.

As the year comes to an end we hope that you will consider FOR in your gift giving. We need to raise $50,000 to keep our youth engagement position and $20,000 to expand our on-line programming. We are grateful for you support.

Share your support.

Mental health issues within families are overwhelming.
We know how to help.

Family Outreach and Response has been recognized by CMHA Toronto for its outstanding contribution to family work in mental health.

When we first met Mark, he was not leaving his home and his parents did not know what to do. Now his parents understand recovery and Mark is finishing his last year of chef school…

Help Family Outreach and Response REACH OUT to more youth and families

Our GOAL: $70,000
The Family Outreach and Response Program is a registered charity.

Please Click Here To Donate:

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Fall Programming

Fall Programming

3 week “Families Inspiring Hope” Program
Thursdays, September 12, 19th and 26th 5:30 – 7:30pm
This 3 week course is intended to be a refresher for families who have completed the Family Recovery Program. The course will explore practical strategies for families to keep their hope alive and to inspire hope in their relative.
To register:

Early Intervention Family Recovery Program
Tuesdays: Beginning October 1st 5:30 – 7:30
This 8 week program is designed for families who have a relative under the age of 35 who is experiencing severe distress for the first time. The course will explore how to support the relative’s recovery process. An additional 4 weeks will be offered to all participants to understand Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and how this can be beneficial to the family’s well-being.
To register:

Family Recovery Program
Thursdays: Beginning October 3rd 5:30 – 7:30
This 8 week program is designed for families who have a relative experiencing severe distress for over 3 years or for relative’s over the age of 35. this course will explore how to support the relative’s recovery process. An additional 4 weeks will be offered to all participants to understand Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and howthis can be beneficial to the family’s well-being.
To register:

Recovering Our Families Online Course

Recovering Our Families Online Course

Recovering Our Families

Our fully facilitated, interactive online course is designed to support and educate individuals and families about mental health, emotional distress, psychoses, the impact of psychiatric diagnoses, and families’ important role in recovery and wellness, including recognizing their own emotional needs.

Unique program features:

• Interactive, online learning
• Strengths-based focus
• Skill-building exercises
• Enhanced group support
• Family recovery coaching
• Flexible course delivery
• Media-rich resources
• Diversity of perspectives

Our classes are open to anyone working with emotional distress—individuals, families, friends and mental health care providers.

8 Weeks of Hope and Healing

1. Sharing our experiences

2. Exploring recovery fundamentals

3. Understanding mental health

4. Harnessing the power of hope

5. Using a strengths-based approach

6. Building relationships amidst psychosis

7. Creating healthy boundaries

8. Celebrating recovery stories

Families Healing Together online recovery education is designed to educate and support individuals, families and friends who are recovering from mental health challenges, trauma or psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar, anxiety and other disorders.

Our relationship-centered recovery approach helps families explore the mental health continuum and the recovery skills and attitudes that build bridges from dis-ease to hope, transformation and healing.

 Visit the site for more information!

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group

We are offering two parallel Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups for families experiencing distress. One is for people experiencing distress between the ages of 17 -30, and the other is for their support people. The groups are happening at OISE at St. George & Bloor on Thursdays, from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

The group is experiential and assists people in dealing with the difficult thoughts, emotions, and occurrences that are a natural part of everyday life. Rather than trying to avoid pain and discomfort it helps people to identify and live from their values while learning the skills to cope.

To register call Tamara 416 539-9449 ext 224

Download the ACT flier here!

Canada Post Mental Health Foundation Grant

Canada Post Mental Health Foundation Grant

The Family Outreach and Response were honoured to be one of this year’s grant recipients.

We received $64,500 to extend in-home family support and engagement to help young people make sense of their distress and refer them to early intervention services. This will be done by adding an Early Intervention Engagement Specialist to work as first point of contact with youth. This youth engagement specialist will conduct in-home meetings and build relationships that encourage youth to seek help.