MAD STUDENT RESOURCES

MADNESS AND REALITY

Hey folks!

Did you know that the YFS Access Centre is now running Mad Student Support Groups from 5:30-7:30 on the first Tuesday of every month? The Group is entirely run by other Mad-identified students. If you need a safe space to talk about stigmatized mental health symptoms, this is the place for you.

Each discussion has a different general focus. Our second group was earlier this week. We talked about Madness and Reality.

Mad Student Support Group poster

[Poster: Black text on a red background.
Text reads “Mad Students Support Group. First Tuesday of every month. Room 429 Old Student Centre. 5:30-7:30.”
There is an image of three simplified figures from the shoulders up with speech bubbles.
The text continues “Mad is a reclaimed slur used by people with stigmatized mental health disabilities, and folks who have been forcibly institutionalized or medicated. The Mad Student Support Group is for the community by the community. Come meet other Mad-identified folks and support each other in our healing as we share our stories.”
There are three speech bubbles, each containing a discussion topic for this semester.
The first says “October 2nd Madness and Institutions.”
The second says “November 6th Madness and Reality.”
The third says “December 4th Madness and Community Care.”
At the bottom is the YFS Access Centre logo.
Text reads “For access needs or any questions contact” and then our email is listed “yfsaccesscentre@gmail.com (YFS Access Centre at Gmail dot COM)” and then our Facebook “YFS Access Centre.”]

If you weren’t about to make our second group, don’t worry. All the resources are linked down below. You’re also welcome to come join us next month!

Informative comics (online links)

5 Practical Tips to Help You Through Dissociation: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/dissociation-tips-to-get-through/

5 Things You Got Wrong About Narcissistic Personality Disorder: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/05/narcissistic-personality-myths/

An Affirming Help Guide for Living with Schizophrenia: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/11/guide-for-schizophrenia/

What to Do About Paranoia: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/09/what-to-do-about-paranoia/

How to Support a Friend With Borderline Personality Disorder: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/09/support-friend-with-borderline/

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Therapist For You: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/08/finding-a-good-therapist/

10 Tips to Remeber If You Have Borderline Personality Disorder: https://everydayfeminism.com/2016/06/tips-for-bpd/

How I’ve Learned to Cope with the Voices in My Head: https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/04/cope-voices-in-my-head/

Living Through the Fog of a Psychotic Break: https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/02/fog-psychotic-break/

 

Informative comics (Word documents with more detailed image descriptions)

5 Practical Tips to Help You Through Dissociation: dissociation comic

5 Things You Got Wrong About Narcissistic Personality Disorder: NPD comic

An Affirming Help Guide for Living with Schizophrenia: schizophrenia comic

What to Do About Paranoia: paranoia comic

How to Support a Friend With Borderline Personality Disorder: BPD friend comic

5 Tips to Help You Find the Right Therapist For You: therapy tips comic

10 Tips to Remeber If You Have Borderline Personality Disorder: 10 things BPD comic

How I’ve Learned to Cope with the Voices in My Head: coping with voices comic

Living Through the Fog of a Psychotic Break: psychotic break comic

 

Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) resources (PDF documents)

***Note: These resources are written mainly for mental health workers. We hope the information is still useful. ***

Relapse Prevention: preventing_relapse13-Relapse_Prevention

Relapse Prevention Plan: 13-Relapse_Prevention_Plan

Stress Management (part 1): 16-Stress_Management_Part_1

Stress Management (part 2): 17-Stress_Management_Part_2

Problem Solving: 11-Problem_Solving

Persistent Symptoms: 10-Persistent_Symptoms

Psychosocial Treatments: 12-Psychosocial_Treatments

 

EPI client worksheets (PDF documents)

Persistent Symptoms: persistent_symptoms

Checklist for a Good Sleep: checklist_for_a_good_sleep

Treatment for Psychosis: treatment_for_psychosis

Telling Others: telling_others

Managing Stress: stress_management

Preventing Relapse: preventing_relapse

 

Mind.org resources

What is Dissociation? (Word document adapted from Mind’s original PDF): edited Understanding Dissociative Disorders (Mind)

Borderline Personality Disorder (PDF): bpd-2018-downloadable-pdf

 

Community-based resources (Word documents)

Paranoia Coping Strategies (adapted from Hearing Voices Network’s original document): coping strategies (paranoia)

Some Ideas of Helping with Paranoia from Members of a Paranoia Support Group (adapted from Hearing Voices Network’s original document): formatted coping strategies paranoia support group

Strategies for Coping with Distressing Voices (adapted from Hearing Voices Network’s original document): strategies for coping with distressing voices

Alternative Coping Mechanisms to Help Avoid or Reduce Self-Harming (multiple online sources): Alternative-coping-mechanisms-to-avoid-self-harm

Tactile Sexual Experiences (adapted from Hearing Voices Network’s original document; trigger warning sexual assault): Tactile Sexual Experiences summarized

On (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Integration (from House Astraea): On Integration

How to Fake (Dissociative Identity Disorder) Integration (from House Astraea): How to Fake Integration

 

Community-based resources (PDF documents)

Hearing Voices Coping Strategies (from Hearing Voices Network New Zealand): hearing voices coping strategies new zealand

Navigating Crisis pamphlet (from The Icarus Project): IcarusNavigatingCrisisHandoutLarge05-09

(standard format) Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs (from The Icarus Project): (standard) ComingOffPsychDrugsHarmReductGuide2Edonline

(booklet format) Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs (from The Icarus Project): (booklet) ComingOffPsychDrugsHarmReductGuide2EdZinePrint

Madness and Oppression (from The Icarus Project): MadnessAndOppressionGuide-compressed

Hearing Voices Coping Strategies (from Hearing Voices Network): Hearing_Voices_Coping_Strategies_web

Better Sleep for Voice Hearers (from Hearing Voices Network): York-Sleep-Booklet_web

 

Access Centre original handouts (Word documents)

Expression Sheet (for tracking thoughts, sounds, sensations, and visions): Expression Sheet

Self-Care Action and Progress Plan (for tracking experiences, coping strategies, self-care techniques, and goals): Self-Care Action and Progress Plan

 

 

 

 

I hope these resources are helpful. If you need further support, email us at yfsaccesscentre@gmail.com

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (review and trigger warnings)

Trigger warning: discussion of internalized ableism (vague)

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The Reason I Jump is a book written by a 13-year-old boy, Naoki Higashida, from Japan. It was originally written in Japanese and was translated into English. One immediate critique of the publisher emerges just from looking at the cover of the book. The name of the man who helped translate the book and wrote the introduction is larger than the name of the actual author. It is also in the place where the author’s name would usually be, underneath the title. I find it hard to believe that the publisher did this accidentally. It seems like they made the translators name larger because it’s an English name and they wanted to give the impression that a white man wrote the book. This is very unfair to the original author and feels like it has ableist and racist undertones.

The format of the book is mainly Naoki posing questions that are commonly asked of autistic people and providing answers for them. He discusses the rationale for his behaviours, how his thoughts work and why verbal communication is difficult, among many other topics.

His insights into the autistic mind will likely seem profound and revolutionary to those who are not autistic, as they will dispel a lot of common myths and stereotypes about autism. I would highly recommend that non-autistic people read this book, as it will give you a better appreciation and understanding of how much autistic people struggle to live in a world that was not made for them. Naoki’s responses show that autistic people have the same feelings and fears as everyone else.

What concerns me is that it takes an extremely talented autistic writer creating a book like this for people to realize that autistics are people who deserve to be treated with respect. I don’t understand why autistic people can only be viewed as human if someone writes a book like this to remind everyone that they are, in fact, human beings. It seems like society views autistic people as subhuman unless they are shown otherwise. It also takes an autistic person who is able to communicate in a fairly neurotypical way to get mainstream society to listen. The voices of autistic people who communicate in different ways are definitely ignored.

For those who are autistic, this book will give you a lot of feelings. Naoki has so much internalized ableism and self-hatred because of how the people have treated him. He constantly feels like a burden and annoyance to the people around him. He mentions frequently how he wishes that he could control his body, the sounds he makes and respond to questions more easily. His mother created an alphabet tablet for him to communicate with, so I admire her attempts to communicate with her son in different ways. However, it seems as a whole that the people in Naoki’s life had not been treating him with kindness or understanding. Despite this, Naoki remains largely positive and paints himself as a boy who is insightful, humourous and just wants to communicate and be accepted by people. His struggles will be relatable for anyone who is autistic.

This book is a great, short read and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who isn’t knowledgeable about autism. And if you are autistic, read this if you want to have some feelings or feel a connection to someone about the autistic experience. 

 

 

Trigger warning guide for The Reason I Jump (with relevant page numbers)

  • Overall ableism in introduction
  • Negative slant on autism by person who wrote the introduction and translated the book to English
  • R-slur (ix)
  • Mentions meltdowns (xii)
  • Functioning labels (xvii)
  • Person-first language throughout book
  • Mention of curing disability (25)
  • R-slur (29)
  • Mention of turning autistic people “normal” (45)
  • Mention of pain and injuries (55)
  • Bugs (67)
  • Needles (69)
  • Mention of a breakdown (86)
  • Mention of getting hit by a car (96)
  • “Obsessing over” things (100)
  • Panic attacks and meltdowns (109)
  • Slur against intellectual disabilities (117)
  • Readers guide at the end is overall ableist

 

 

For more information about The Reason I Jump

Check out the website: http://www.thereasonijump.com/

Mad Student Resources

Madness and Institutions

Hey folks!

Did you know that the YFS Access Centre is now running Mad Student Support Groups from 5:30-7:30 on the first Tuesday of every month? The Group is entirely run by other Mad-identified students. If you need a safe space to talk about stigmatized mental health symptoms, this is the place for you.

Each discussion has a different general focus. Our first group was earlier this week. We talked about Madness and Institutions.

Mad Student Support Group poster

[Poster: Black text on a red background.
Text reads “Mad Students Support Group. First Tuesday of every month. Room 429 Old Student Centre. 5:30-7:30.”
There is an image of three simplified figures from the shoulders up with speech bubbles.
The text continues “Mad is a reclaimed slur used by people with stigmatized mental health disabilities, and folks who have been forcibly institutionalized or medicated. The Mad Student Support Group is for the community by the community. Come meet other Mad-identified folks and support each other in our healing as we share our stories.”
There are three speech bubbles, each containing a discussion topic for this semester.
The first says “October 2nd Madness and Institutions.”
The second says “November 6th Madness and Reality.”
The third says “December 4th Madness and Community Care.”
At the bottom is the YFS Access Centre logo.
Text reads “For access needs or any questions contact” and then our email is listed “yfsaccesscentre@gmail.com (YFS Access Centre at Gmail dot COM)” and then our Facebook “YFS Access Centre.”]

If you weren’t about to make our first group, don’t worry. All the resources are linked down below. You’re also welcome to come join us next month!

 

Medical system resources:

Your rights as an informal (non-consenting) patient: 2016 Informal Patients

Your rights as an involuntary (forced) patient: 2016 Involuntary Patients

Your rights regarding restraints in medical facilities: 2016 Restraints

What you need to know about substitute decision-makers: 2016 Substitute Decision Makers

Your rights as a psychiatric patient: 2016 Your rights as a Psychiatric Patient

What you need to know about consenting to treatment (based on Ontario law): Consent to Treatment Notes

Summary of the Patient Restraints Act (when you can and cannot be legally restrained in a psychiatric facility): Patient Restraints Minimization Act

Patient hospital rights and how to access a patient advocate: Hospital Patient Rights in Ontario

Ontatio Patients Bill of Rights: HSF Patient Bill of Rights

 

General mental health rights resources:

Human rights and mental health (summarized from OHRC*): Human Rights and Mental Health factsheet

Human rights protections (summarized from OHRC): Human rights protections

Brochure laying out mental health and addiction rights: Human rights, mental health and addiction disabilities brochure_Accessible

 

Education system resources:

Your rights as a tenant with mental health disabilities (summarized from OHRC): mental health and addiction info for housing providers fact sheet

Your rights as a post-secondary student: Post secondary institution rights

What to expect from disability accommodations (summarized from OHRC): Principles of accommodation

What you need to do and what you can expect others to do regarding your disability accommodations (summarized from OHRC): Roles and responsibilities in the accommodation of students with disabilities

Limitation to the duty to accommodate (the only reasons you can legally be denied a disability accommodation): How Far Does the Duty to Accommodate Go

 

Not finding the information you need? Send us an email (yfsaccesscentre@gmail.com) and we’ll do our best to help.

 

*OHRC stands for the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Anorexia and chronic illness: reconciling multiple identities

Trigger warning: chronic illness/ableism/internalized ableism, eating disorder/anorexia, self-hatred, medication use, family issues/parental negligence, medical invalidation/self-invalidation, and isolation. If there is anything I forgot to include, please let me know.

Disclaimer: The information below should not be used to assess, measure or judge anyone else. This is simply my experience with anorexia. The details are applicable to my situation only. The same symptoms, identifiers and treatment will not be relevant or helpful for every body or experience.

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Today is part of Eating Disorder Awareness Week. I’ve challenged myself to share my story because it scares me and because it’s good for me. Even last year, I wouldn’t have felt comfortable writing about this topic. I’m not sure I fully feel comfortable now, but I’m working on accepting and embracing my experience.

I have struggled with anorexia since I was 13. My best friend never brought a lunch to school, because there wasn’t food in her home, and her health seemed more important than mine. It was easy to hide from my parents because my food was always gone at the end of the day. I got used to being hungry and started feeling guilty whenever I ate an entire meal. Restriction became my new normal.

My best friend and I went to different high schools. We lost touch and I lost my excuse to not eat. My parents started to notice my full lunch box at the end of the day and that terrified me. I never wanted to worry them. I never wanted them to know. Throwing away my food felt wasteful, but finishing it all wasn’t possible. I needed a new excuse.

When I was 14, halfway through my first year of high school, I suddenly became very sick. Most days I was asleep for 20 hours, I missed two thirds of my classes, my entire body was sore, and I was dizzy every time I stood. My parents stopped worrying about my eating and started worrying about everything else. I would regularly walk into rooms to find them crying and they both stopped sleeping entirely. I don’t remember much from then, but I remember the pain.

It was a difficult time in my life, but an easy time to hide my anorexia. When you’re sleeping all day, you can’t be expected to eat regular meals. I would go days with no or very little food. No one noticed. They only saw the new unexplained symptoms.

I was sent for medical test after medical test, causing my loved ones to worry more each time. After months without answers, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Having Fibro and CFS as a 14-year-old is rough, largely because no one believes you. I was called a liar, a drug addict and an attention seeker, which doesn’t make you feel supported. There also isn’t any proven treatment, at least not for my most relevant symptoms, so I was prescribed medication off label. I still take 3 times the average dose of an ADHD medication in a desperate attempt for energy. It helps, mildly, but no one warned me about the medication’s other use for adults with binge eating disorder. The side effect suppresses the user’s appetite and can even make food seem gross. This didn’t help my anorexia, but gave me a new way to hide it.

I can’t stop taking my medication if I want to continue being able to go to work, attend classes and have a social life. So where does that leave me? How do I balance my conflicting disability needs? Are my physical disabilities making my anorexia worse?

When you develop a physical disability, you notice how everyone around you changes. Now, you’re fragile. No one wants to upset you or confront you. People didn’t stop caring about me, they just didn’t know how to deal with me. I would sit in the cafeteria everyday, not eating, and after a few weeks, my friends stopped asking. My parents never bothered me about my full lunch boxes or my unfinished plates of food. My medication gave me an out. My disability made me different enough, it made me “other”, and people felt they couldn’t talk to me. Isolation has its benefits.

I was so good at lying to other people about my eating habits that I started lying to myself. During high school, I convinced myself there wasn’t a problem. I stopped thinking about my nutrition until my first year of university when a friend called me out. It is important to remember that confronting someone about their disordered eating is delicate and should be done carefully. My friend didn’t do that. Out of nowhere, he invited me to an eating disorder support group. When I responded, shocked, and asked him why, he bluntly replied: “Because you have an eating disorder.” He had the best intentions and I’m very thankful for him. Luckily, I respond well to blatant honesty, but I didn’t that day; at the time, I quickly brushed him off and violently avoided the topic. I spent years lying to myself and I needed time to process.

I wouldn’t be writing about my experience today if it weren’t for my friends. My roommate has sat me down and forced me to acknowledge my eating disorder. He lovingly yells at me, which I need, and helps me unravel the source of my body dysmorphia and self-hatred. I have spent years working on my relationship with my physical disabilities. I have learned to find strength in my community, history and identity through my involvement in disability activism. Still, my disability does impact me. Body positivity dialogues forget that, for some of us, bodies are a constant source of pain. I still hate my body for hurting me. I might always hate my body for hurting me. Due to my internalized ableism, I often feel unworthy of love, from others and from myself. In my mind, I’m not worth the effort of making and consuming food. Other people are worth the effort, but I’m not. I might not be able to control my disability symptoms, but I can control my eating. I can subtly punish myself by refusing nutrition. For me, anorexia isn’t about losing weight, it’s about punishment. I hate myself. I hate my soft stomach and my wide ribcage, but mostly I hate myself.

I’m working on it with the help of my friends. Without them, I’d be lost. They don’t let me make excuses for skipping meals. They hold me accountable. We eat together, because the social pressure is stronger than my need to restrict. They help me notice when my body changes by pointing out when my collar bones become visible or my clothes become loose. We’ve created a makeshift support group full of radical love and wholehearted acceptance. But that isn’t always enough.

The people in my life are wonderful. They have saved me, but they haven’t fixed me. I will always struggle with anorexia. My eating disorder is part of who I am and has been since I was 13. My self-image has been distorted since long before then. I will always be in pain and I will never have the body I want. Instead of expecting full recovery and being disappointed each time I fail, I’m focusing on developing coping mechanisms and setting achievable goals. That works better for me. I’m living with an eating disorder. I’m not recovering, but I am still living. Hopefully writing this post is a good personal step.

 

Written by Kat Kahnert-Wolchak

 

For folks looking for support with disordered eating (in the Toronto area)

Sheena’s Place

Email: info@sheenasplace.org

Phone number: 416-927-8900

Address: 87 Spadina Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

Bell Let’s Talk (about corporatization)

Yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk, a campaign encouraging folks to discuss depression and anxiety. We believe in open, honest and supportive disability conversations, but is this the best way to go about it? Is Bell making change, or just using oppression to create positive publicity?

The campaign photos show the smiling faces of Olympians and actors who have come forward to share their mental health struggles. Their happy demeanor and uplifting stories suggest that you too can be successful, if only you could leave your anxiety and depression in the past. People with mental health disabilities can accomplish things too! But what about folks who can’t get out of bed, let alone win a gold medal or be a TV star?

Bell made a conscious effort to choose the most photogenic, popular and inspirational spokespeople they could. Finding inspiration in the disability community is problematic, but instead of getting into that, I’ll link you to a wonderful blog post: https://whimsyinx.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/overcoming-inspiration/

In their promotional material, appealing to the non-disabled general public is more important than accurately portraying the community they claim to support. Despite what Bell might have you believe, mental health symptoms aren’t always pretty. Sometimes you can’t shower for a week, pull out your hair, stop eating, can’t change clothes, etc. It doesn’t make for pretty posters, but it is the reality. Mental health looks different for everyone! There is no right way to be disabled.

During a breakdown or rough period, lots of folks stop showing up to work. I know I’ve disappeared when I couldn’t handle it anymore. Considering their public mental health outreach, Bell should be supportive of their employees and their need for self-care, right? Apparently not. Bell has been criticized time and time again for placing unfair expectations on their staff and punishing them for not measuring up.

Two years ago, a former employee explained how Bell creates mental health concerns by encouraging unhealthy working conditions. The story can be found here: http://www.canadalandshow.com/lets-talk-about-how-my-job-bell-gave-me-mental-health-issues-and-no-benefits/

This past year, Bell fired an employee for requesting mental health leave, despite disability accommodations being a legal human right. That story can be found here: http://www.canadalandshow.com/bell-lets-talk-mental-health-fired/

So clearly Bell doesn’t support those with anxiety or depression effectively, but what about the rest of the mental health community? The Let’s Talk conversation stops short. There is no dialogue addressing stigma in the mad or psychiatric survivor communities. Instead of focusing on a few experiences, let’s also talk about schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality disorder, anti-social personality disorder, and other “dangerous” diagnoses. Let’s also talk about forced medicalization, institutionalization and sanist violence. Let’s also talk about not overcoming disability, but living with it and finding identity in it. Not everyone wants to be cured. Not all mental health disability symptoms are unwanted. We’re told not to give up hope, but what exactly are we hoping for? To be more like you? To stop experiencing intense emotions, hearing voices or seeing the world differently? To meet your ideals? To be your success story? To be less disabled?

Bell doesn’t care about you or me. Bell cares about money. The goal isn’t to raise awareness about the realities of mental health, and if that is the goal, they’re doing a terrible job. However, they’re doing an excellent job of improving their image and getting credit for doing the bare minimum. We need to expect better. We need to hold Bell accountable. Demand they include the diverse disability community in their campaigns. That means raising awareness about ALL KINDS of mental health disabilities, and making their promotional material accessible. Where are the closed captions for their advertisements or videos? Where are the image descriptions for their social media posts? (To learn more about image descriptions, check out this community-based guide: http://livingwithdisability.tumblr.com/post/124066767358/all-about-image-descriptions)

We also need to hold ourselves accountable. Corporate campaigns are not the solution. Hashtags, re-tweets and social media posts are lazy activism. Behavioural change is more work, but it’s also more impactful.

Stop using ableist language. Learn more about that here: http://www.autistichoya.com/p/ableist-words-and-terms-to-avoid.html

Support your friends socially and make more accessible plans. For tips, go here: https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/five-things-non-disabled-people-forget/

Include disabled people in your activism by making protests accessible. Learn how to do that here: http://www.rootedinrights.org/how-to-make-your-social-justice-events-accessible-to-the-disability-community-a-checklist/

Value the contribution of disabled folks. Learn more about disabled activism here: https://www.autostraddle.com/be-the-change-six-disabled-activists-on-why-the-resistance-must-be-accessible-368956/

And support community-based campaigns instead! There are activist groups at most universities, like the YFS Access Centre at York University, RyeAccess at Ryerson, and Students for Barrier-free Access at University of Toronto. For folks outside of post-secondary, look into groups in your surrounding area or online. Ask disabled folks about disabled folks. We can and do advocate for ourselves. We don’t need Bell to talk for us.

 

Written by Kat Kahnert-Wolchak.

Toronto Community Resources

Addiction Supports

Breakaway Addiction Services

Contact:

Services:

  • Supportive Housing available to those 16 and older who require stable housing and are dealing with substance abuse
  • Pieces to Pathways, a youth-centric substance abuse program for LGBTQQ2S1AA people ages 16-29 individual counselling
  • Harm-reduction outreach and practical support workers, as well as gender-specific groups geared towards women and men
  • Toronto Opiate Support Team provides counselling, training, case management and accessible support to those who currently or have previously used opiates

Accessible: 

  • Unknown

Children and Youth Supports

The Gatehouse

Contact:

  • Website: http://thegatehouse.org/
  • Address: 3101 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto, ON M8V 3W8
  • Phone: 416-255-5900
  • Email: N/A

Services:

  • Full Circle Art Therapy Centre
  • Children ages 6-12 and youth ages 13-18 are given free access to information and support surrounding abuse, bullying and healthy relationships
  • Peer Support Group Facilitator Training and ASIST Suicide Intervention Training available

Accessible: Wheelchair accessible

Stella’s Place

Contact:

  • Website: stellasplace.ca
  • Address: 18 Camden St, Toronto, ON M5V 1V1
  • Phone: (416) 461 – 2345
  • Email: connect@stellasplace.ca

Services:

  • Available for those ages 16 and 29 experiencing mental health challenges
  • Community-based, Peer Support Drop-In available Monday to Thursday 1pm-5pm
  • Stella’s Studio; a safe space to create and share art
  • Back on Track Employment Program offers supports to folks transitioning between college, university and the professional world

Accessible:

  • Not currently wheelchair accessible

YMCA Sprott House

Contact:

Services:

  • LGBTQ2S youth ages 16-24 residential housing
  • Available for up to 25 people through application and interview
  • Emergency shelter (formally known as YMCA House)
  • Harm-reduction and trauma-informed residential services

Accessible:

  • Wheelchair accessible with accessible washrooms

Holistic Supports

Across Boundaries

Contact:

Services:

  • Inclusive programs geared towards racialized communities including Alternative Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Art Therapy, Yoga and Creative and Musical Expression
  • Support groups including women’s and men’s, skills building, computer training, literacy skills, Psychiatric consultation and many more
  • Languages spoken include: English, Mandarin, Somali, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Farsi, Pashto, Arabic, Tagalog, Sinhalese, Twi, Dari, Xhosa, Tsonga, Harare, Afrikaans, Swahili, Shona, Amharic and Caribbean Dialects

Accessible:

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Guide dogs welcome

Anne Johnston Health Station

Contact:

  • Website: http://www.ajhs.ca
  • Address: 2398 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H4
  • Phone: (416) 486 – 8666
  • Email: info@ajhs.ca

Services:

  • Community-based, confidential and free services to folks with physical disabilities, including primary health care, disease prevention, health promotion and community development.
  • Meals on Wheels, Sexability, Peer Support Group and Women’s Disability Action Awareness Group in Training

Accessible:

  • Fully accessible

Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Contact:

Location 1: 225 Queen St E, Toronto, ON

    • Phone: 416-360-0486
    • Hours of Operation: Mon & Wed 9:00 – 8:00 Tues,Thurs and Friday 9:00 – 5:00

Location 2: 179 Gerrard, St E, Toronto, ON

    • Phone: 416-920-2605
    • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 5:00

Location 3: 22 Vaughan Rd, Toronto, ON

  • Phone: 416-657-0379
  • Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 9:00 – 5:00
  • General Phone (24 hour crisis line): 416-891-8606
  • General Email: info@aht.ca

Services:

  • Primary Health Care Services through a staff of Nurse Practitioners, Chiropodists, Dentists, Registered Nurse, Physicians, Counsellor, and Physiotherapist
  • Traditional Family Services and pre and post-natal support for women and their families
  • Diabetic Prevention and Management Program
  • Programs designed to support those dealing with issues surrounding homelessness

Accessible:

  • Translation services available with 48-hours’ notice
  • All locations are wheelchair accessible with accessible bathrooms

Indigenous Supports

Anduhyaun Inc

Contact:

  • Website: http://anduhyaun.org/
  • Address: 1296 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6M 4R3
  • Phone: 416-243-7669 ext. 226
    • For Anduhyaun shelter call: 416-920-1492
  • Email: N/A

Services:

  • Support for Indigenous woman and children in abusive situations in a safe, women-run and allied staff
  • Emergency shelter available with strength-based counselling services offered
  • Nekenaan Second Stage Housing provides a safe, full furnished temporary housing to Indigenous woman; designed to fit up to 5 people per unit

Accessible:

  • Building access and washroom is wheelchair accessible, but individual units are not at this time

Legal Aid

ARCH Disability Law Centre

Contact:

  • Website: http://www.archdisabilitylaw.ca
  • Address: 55 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5J 2H7
  • Phone: 416-482-8255; TTY line: 416-482-1254
  • Email: archlib@lao.on.ca

Services:

  • Provides free, confidential legal advice to people with disabilities in areas including abuse, accessibility laws, attendant services, legal capacity, discrimination, human rights, education and employment
  • Legal representation to people with disabilities who also meet the Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility guidelines

Accessible:

  • Interpreters available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dedicated to providing accommodation for a variety of physical, mental, language ad cultural needs

Elizabeth Fry

Contact:

  • Website: http://www.efrytoronto.org
  • Address: 215 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, ON M4X 1G1
  • Phone: 416-924-3708
  • Email: info@efrytoronto.org

Services:

  • Support for women who are currently, have been or are at risk of being in conflict with the law
  • Phyllis Haslam Residential Program to help women who are on parole from federal or provincial prisons with a place to stay during the transitional period following their reintegration process
  • Talk and Listen, a volunteer lead support group covering topics including but not limited to domestic abuse support, trauma counselling, housing and emergency shelter needs
    • Phone number: 1-855-924-3708
  • B.E.S.T. Pre-employment Program; including a job training program and a Creative Writing Workshop in partnership with Toronto Writer’s Collective

Accessible: Website is accessible

John Howard Society of Ontario  

Contact:

Services:

  • Programs for folks who have been in contact or are at risk of coming in contact with the law
  • Anger management group counselling for men, as well as addiction and harm reduction counselling and assessments

Accessible:

  • Dedicated accessible washroom with all features
  • Wheelchair accessible main entrance, assistance needed with door (no button)

LGBTQQIP2SAA Supports

519

Contact:

Services:

  • Queer and trans-focused workshops involving arts and culture, community drop-in, support, and community-led
  • Housing services and one-on-one assistance for queer and trans folks between ages 16 and 29
  • Mentorships offered for newcomers to Canada as well as LGBTQ Refugee Support Groups

Accessible:

  • Wheelchair accessible at main entrance
  • Easy access to elevator – with braille
  • Dedicated accessible washroom with all features
  • Designated parking at entrance

Women Supports

Planned Parenthood 

Contact:

  • Website: http://www.ppt.on.ca
  • Address: 36 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9
  • Phone: (416) 961 – 0113
  • Email: ppt@ppt.on.ca

Services:

  • Sexual health, mental health and primary health care services for people ages 13-29
  • Queer and trans positive, survivor centric, anti-oppressive support

Accessible:

  • No elevator and not fully accessible to those using wheelchairs and mobility devices
  • All persons in need of care have access to Edgewest Clinic
  • ASL interpretation, pocket amplifiers and weighted blankets are available by request

Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

Contact:

Services:

  • Supports for women of colour and immigrant women aged 16 and above
  • Queer and trans-positive, survivor-centric and anti-oppressive
  • Physicians, registered nurses, health educators and promoters, dieticians, mental health workers and community health workers on staff
  • Individual and group counselling, pre and post natal care programs, support groups and HIV-AIDS prevention

Accessible: 

  • Wheelchair accessible

 

 

 

 

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