Mental Health and Substance Use Services

At Village Family Health Team, we have staff social workers, who work in consultation with your family physician and our team psychiatrists to provide a range of mental health services. In addition to time-limited individual psychotherapy, our social workers offer group programming designed to help you develop skills to manage a mental health concern, as well as brief supportive services and access to community resources.

For information on how to find an individual therapist, low-cost and/or free therapy, and self-help resources see below:

Choosing a Therapist Guide + Private Therapist List
CBT Self-Help Handout

For online self-help options you can also visit:
Mood Gym: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
ECouch: https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome
Big White Wall: https://bigwhitewall.ca

For a list of free and low cost meditation groups please visit:
https://yogameditation.ca/

For free, confidential help navigating mental health and addiction resources and support in Ontario: https://www.connexontario.ca/

Some of the specific programs currently being offered at Village Family Health Team are listed below:

Psycho-Educational Webinars for Mental Well-Being

The Village Family Health Team offers one-hour lunch time webinars on various mental-health related topics, open to all, whether you are a Village Family Health Team patient or not. Check the website regularly for new webinars, dates, and changes. To receive a link to the virtual webinars registration is required. To register, please email Liz at elizabeth.morgado@villagefht.ca

All webinars are on Tuesdays from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm.

Schedule

June 15th                      A Life Worth Living: Connecting to Your Values
June 22nd                     Tolerating Uncertainty
June 29th                      Mindfulness 101

July 6th                         Self-Compassion
July 27th                       Distress Tolerance

August 10th                     The Importance of Emotions
August 17th                  Mind over mood
August 24th                  Setting Healthy Boundaries
August 31st                  Interpersonal Communication Skills

September 7th             Sleep Better Part 1
September 14th           Sleep Better Part 2

Webinar Descriptions

A Life Worth Living: Connecting to Your Values

In this webinar we discuss the important role values play in making decisions and living a meaningful life. You will be walked through exercises to identify what your values are, assess whether your life is currently in line with those values and take steps to live a life aligned with what’s most important to you. 

Tolerating Uncertainty

An intolerance of uncertainty can leave us anxious and distressed. In this webinar you will learn about the common strategies people use to help them cope with uncertainty and the challenges with these. We will go through practical tools you can use to increase your capacity to accept uncertainty – a need that is increasingly relevant in these uncertain times!

Mindfulness 101

Mindfulness allows us the capacity to self-reflect and respond with intention instead of reacting from impulse. We require skills of mindfulness to change unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and to find moments of calm, and clarity in our day. This webinar will walk you through what mindfulness is, why it is important, and give you tools to build this skill on your own. Mindfulness is a prerequisite skill for many of the skills discussed in the later webinars.

Self-Compassion

In this introduction to self-compassion you will learn about the role your internal dialogue plays in keeping you stuck in unwanted emotional states. You will learn how to identify your inner critic and how you can begin to soften towards, and maybe even learn to befriend yourself.

Distress Tolerance

Have you ever responded to a situation in a way that has made things worse? Often our attempts to tolerate distress can leave us responding to difficult situations in a way that makes things worse for ourselves or for others. This hour will focus on practical strategies you can use to cope with an emotionally overwhelming situation.

The Importance of Emotions

Why do you have emotions? What purpose do they serve? How can you use an understanding of your emotions to gain better control over them? This webinar will answer all these questions.

Mind Over Mood

This workshop will teach you about the relationship between your thoughts and emotions, common thinking traps we all fall into, and will give you ways you can use your thinking to change how you feel. This webinar covers some of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy basics.

Setting Healthy Boundaries

This workshop will look at what boundaries are, why we need them, and what gets in the way of setting healthy boundaries. We will also look at how to identify when a boundary might need to be set in a relationship, and how to begin to take that step.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

This workshop will give you a very practical and useful tool for having difficult conversations, setting boundaries and/or communicating your needs in a way that will maximize the chances that they’ll be met.

Sleep Better: Treating Your Insomnia Part 1 and 2

Do you have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep? Do you have difficulty with daytime functioning or distress as a result of your sleep disturbances? Have you tried recommended sleep suggestions on the internet that do not work? In this two-part workshop you will learn about the three causes of chronic insomnia, the body’s sleep regulatory systems, the role of medication, and be introduced to behavioral techniques to improve your deep sleep quality, based on the evidence-based model, ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia’.

Due to policies in place to limit the spread of covid19 in person groups have been put on hold until further notice.

Addiction Support Program

A social worker is available to provide support if you are struggling with substance use. The social worker will work with you to identify your goals, help you to take next steps, and refer you to needed resources and supports. The program is designed to be a supportive, non-judgmental, and harm-reduction approach that helps you to achieve your personal goals regarding your substance use. If you are interested, you can speak to your physician or another team member who can connect you to the social worker/addiction counselor.

Health Resources

Updated  June 11th,2021 – Vaccine Clinic

To our community partners,

COVID-19 vaccination updates at West Toronto OHT vaccine clinics

  • The West Park Healthcare and Community Place Hub vaccine clinics:
    • First dose vaccinations: Available to Torontonians 12-17 years of age at the time of their appointment and 18 years of age and older. Book here . Walk-in appointments are also available at the Community Place Hub.
      Please note: Health Care Workers who need to book a first dose appointment can book into the 18+ category.
    • Second dose vaccinations: These clinics are moving up second dose appointments of all individuals 70 years of age and older and those who received their first dose before/on May 9 for whom they provided first doses. Those individuals will receive a communication about this through the email or phone number they provided at their first dose appointment. Please do not call or go in to the vaccination clinics to request a second dose. Appointments will be moved up on a “first-in, first-out” basis, as vaccine supply allows.
    • Bookable second dose vaccinations available: Those who have not been able to attain an accelerated second dose and meet the below eligibility criteria are able to book in at West Park and Community Place Hub using the online booking tool here:
      • individuals who are 70 years of age and older AND have waited the minimum interval between doses (Pfizer-BioNTech at least 21 days ago or Moderna at least 28 days ago)
      • those who received their first dose before/on May 9
      • individuals who live, work or attend school in these designated hot spot postal codes in Toronto AND have waited the minimum interval between doses (Pfizer-BioNTech at least 21 days ago or Moderna at least 28 days ago)
      • If your first dose was AstraZeneca, you can get Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech for your second dose (based on vaccine supply). It must be at least 12 weeks after your first dose.
  • Unity Health-St. Joseph’s vaccine clinic:
    • Second dose vaccinations: Unity Health will be moving up appointments on a “first-in, first-out” basis, as our vaccine supply allows. Those over the age of 70 (who have waited the minimum interval between doses), as well as anyone who received their first dose before/on May 9 at the St. Michael’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will receive an appointment confirmation via email or text message for their new second dose appointment date over the next couple of weeks.

 

  • CAMH
    • First dose vaccinations: bookings for people 12 years and older (at the time of appointment). Book here
    • Second dose vaccinations: CAMH is moving up appointments for those who received their first dose before/on April 18 at its clinic. New second dose appointment confirmations will be sent via email or text message.
    • Bookable second dose vaccinations available: For people 70 years and older (born in 1951 or earlier) who received a first dose of Pfizer. Book here
  • South Etobicoke Clinic:
    • This clinic continues to focus on first doses for South Etobicoke residents. This is being operated with direct outreach through South Etobicoke ambassadors. Appointments are also available online. Book here

How to book an appointment for eligible groups at a West Toronto OHT pop-up vaccine clinic or a Unity Health hospital vaccination clinic:

How to book appointments at mass immunization clinics and pharmacies:

Resources:

  • Attached to this email you will find two charts that outline:
    • When and where for a second dose
    • Which vaccine for second dose

This information is evolving rapidly, so eligibility will change.