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Resources for New Moms

Crisis Numbers  
DISTRESS CENTRE OF TORONTO (416) 408-4357
GERSTEIN CENTER (416) 929-5200
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES INFORMATION ONTARIO 1-866-531-2600
ASSAULTED WOMEN’S LINE 1-866-863-0511
TELEHEALTH ONTARIO 1-866-797-0000

 

Perinatal Mental Health Services

Reproductive Life Stages Program
Women’s College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2
416-323-6230

This program offers assessment and treatment to women with mood and anxiety disorders related to menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum and menopause. Pharmacological interventions as well as individual, couple, and group therapy available.

We currently offer three groups:

  • Symptom Management Group:
    The purpose of this group is to help you increase your awareness of depression and anxiety symptoms and to develop, or further develop, personal capacity to manage these symptoms using a variety of strategies.
  • Postpartum Support Group:
    The purpose of this group is to offer support for the changes and challenges associated with the transition to motherhood. Themes of this group include: the losses & gains of becoming a mother, breastfeeding (deciding not to or not being able to, judgment by others), sleep and other routines, expectations of self, partner, and others, and relationships with self, partner, family, friends, etc.
  • Parenting Group:
    The purpose of this group is to explore and encourage the relationship between you and your baby while improving your symptom management. The moms in this group have in the past and/or are currently experiencing depression and/or anxiety symptoms that affect how they connect with their child. Themes discussed in the group include managing difficult emotions (i.e. anxiety, depression, anger), connection with baby and others, child development, and co-parenting.

Perinatal Mental Health Program
Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
416-586-4800 ext. 8325

The Mount Sinai Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Program sees women at risk of mental health problems or with active mental health concerns who are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant, or are within one year postpartum. We offer assessment and treatment. Treatment modalities may include medication, individual psychotherapy, as well as various group therapies.

  • Antenatal Support
    Group for women who are currently pregnant and who are at risk for, or who are currently suffering from, antenatal anxiety and/or depression.
  • Late Loss Bereavement Support Group
    Group for women who have experienced a recent (within the past year) spontaneous late pregnancy loss (20+ weeks gestational age) or neonatal death.
  • Prevention of Pre-Term Birth Support Group
    Group for women who are currently pregnant and who have a history of late spontaneous pregnancy loss (20 + weeks gestational age)
  • Postpartum Support Group
    Group for women who are at-risk for, or who are currently suffering from, postpartum anxiety and/or depression, following delivery and up to one year postpartum.

Women’s Connection Program
Parkdale Community Health Centre
27 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto ON  M6R 3B2
416-537-8222

Weekly facilitated, open-ended support group (open throughout the summer months), individual counselling, (by telephone and face-to-face), brief interventions with couples (1-3 sessions), Spring/Fall workshops re: impact of PPMD on the relationship, information and education to clients, families and health care professional; referrals to other supports, and limited training sessions per year to health care providers, social workers, therapists, etc.

  • Non-medical services
  • Free of charge
  • Free information packages
  • TTC tokens and daytime childcare available
  • No catchment area
  • No OHIP required

Women's Mental Health Clinic
University Health Network
Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
416-340-3048

  • staffed by three psychiatrists and one social worker
  • mental health consultations and assessments
  • specializes in treating women who are dealing with depression, including depression resulting from: psychological aspects of the menstrual and reproductive cycle including PMS, infertility, pregnancy, the use of medications during pregnancy and postpartum, pregnancy loss, postpartum disorders, and menopausal depression

Community Resources

Black Creek Community Health Centre
2202 Jane Street. Unit 5
Toronto, ON M3M 1A4
416-249-8000, ext. 2297 (Susan) or 416-247-8956 (Jinder)

Self-Care for Mothers: A support group for women who are pregnant or have children aged 0-6, with a focus on self-care and improving mental health.

East Toronto Postpartum Adjustment Program
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 3P3
416-469-7608
Free program offering education and group support

Our Sisters’ Place
36 Eglinton Avenue West, Suite 602
Toronto, ON M4R 1B9
416-486-7432; 1-866-363-6663
Support groups; online information and support

Toronto Public Health
416-338-7600
Programs for pregnant women and families with children up to age 6. Telephone counselling, community resource information, home visiting.

Peel Region Public Health
905-799-7700
Peel Postpartum Family Support Line
905-459-8441
Support offered in English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Cantonese

Postpartum Support Group
Oakville Parent-Child Centre & Early Years Centre
North Service Road - Main
461 North Service Road West, Unit 17
Oakville, ON L6M 2V5 905-849-6366

York Region Health Connection
1-800-361-5653 www.york.ca/parenting
12-week education and support group to help families with the transition during pregnancy or after the birth of the baby. No cost, childcare provided.

Postpartum Support International
“Open Forum”: weekly telephone support via 800 bridgeline. “Chat with an expert”
Call schedule and access codes are available at http://www.postpartum.net/Professionals-and-Community/PSI-Chat-with-an-Expert.aspx
or call 1-800-944-4773 for more information

Addictions Resources

Women’s Own Withdrawal Management Centre
University Health Network
Toronto Western Hospital
Community, day, residential and case management programs
892 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M6J 1W1
Tel: 416-603-1462
Fax: 416-603-2552

The Centre can assist pregnant women in:

  • assessing the nature and extent of her use of chemicals
  • making decisions around what to do about her use of chemicals
  • obtaining treatment most suited to her needs and supporting her during this process
  • assessing the need for home visits

St. Joseph’s Health Centre
30 The Queensway
Toronto, ON M6R 1B5
Tel: 416-530-6860
Fax: 416-530-6160

The Toronto Centre for Substance Use in Pregnancy (T-CUP) is a comprehensive substance use program for pregnant women. Based within the Family Medicine Centre, we offer "one-stop" access to multidisciplinary addiction, obstetric and neonatal care in an empathic and non-judgmental environment.

Breaking the Cycle Pregnancy Outreach Program
Canadian Mothercraft
761 Queen Street West , Suite 107
Toronto, ON M6J 1G1
416-364-7373 (Referrals ext. 209)

The Breaking the Cycle Pregnancy Outreach Program serves pregnant women with substance use problems through street outreach, individual counselling, and access to the BTC Satellite Group at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. The BTC Pregnancy Outreach Program is designed to enhance maternal and fetal health outcomes by facilitating women’s access to health and social supports, including addiction treatment, prenatal care and safe housing. The BTC Satellite Group is a combined prenatal / relapse prevention group, with facilitated access to prenatal medical care.

 

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