Sherbourne Health Centre’s catchment area of southeast Toronto ––the area bounded by Yonge Street and the Don River to the east, and between Bloor Street and Lake Ontario to the south—is home to a diverse population, which includes many new Canadians. Since 2003, we have provided free mental health programs, support groups and workshops that cater to the specific needs of those who have recently immigrated to Canada.
If you are new to Canada, we offer many programs to help you cope with difficult circumstances and any stress you are experiencing as a result of settling in a new country. Our team of mental health counsellors are highly trained. They have experience working with many clients like you – new Canadians – who have suffered the trauma of war, racism, poverty, homophobia and other stressful events.
Through one-on-one counselling you may find the support and hope you need to build a healthy and balanced life for yourself and your family. Workshops and groups provide even more opportunities for you to build a support network, share cultural experiences and learn new coping skills.
Issues we can help you with:
■ Childhood and adult experience of abuse/violence
■ Trauma and issues relating to the affects of war, poverty and racism
■ Anxiety, depression, sadness and anger
■ Relationship difficulties and couples counselling
■ Stress reduction programs
■ Culturally specific issues faced by newcomers
■ Advocacy services and links to community resources
■ Psychiatric consultations
It is important that you inform the intake counsellor of your language needs when you call (416) 324-4180 to make an appointment.
Services are free of charge for individuals who for financial reasons cannot afford to obtain mental health counselling services elsewhere. Groups and workshops are free unless otherwise stated.
Sherbourne Health Centre is not equipped as a crisis response unit. If you are in crisis, you can call one of the following 24-hour crisis lines:
■ Gerstein Centre: (416) 929-5200
■ Distress Centre: (416) 408-4357