Group Support



FAMEkids is a free, ten week after-school program for children ages 7-12 including a nutritious meal. Small group sizes allow participants to explore and share their experiences in a peer-supported environment, reinforcing the knowledge that they are not alone.

The program incorporates daily activities focused on identifying and expressing feelings, self-awareness through mindfulness approaches, and the following weekly topics:

Week 1: Welcome & Introduction to Mental Illness
Week 2: Relationships between Thoughts, Feelings & Behaviours
Week 3: How the Brain Works
Week 4: Types of Mental Illness, Possible Causes & Diagnosis
Week 5: Symptoms and Treatment Options
Week 6: Protective Factors, Risk Factors & Coping Strategies
Week 7: Feeling Safe & Keeping Safe
Week 8: Working Through Fears
Week 9: Personal Safe Spaces
Week 10: Planning for the Future

After the completion of the FAMEkids group, a follow-up session will be conducted with each child and their caregivers. The purpose of the session is to provide feedback regarding the child’s participation in the group, to answer any questions, to allow the opportunity for the child to share their knowledge and experiences, and to provide recommendations.

Click here to download the PDF of our FAMEkids Group Support flyer. 


FAMEkids Group: Scarborough


Days and Time: Mondays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dates: April 9 to June 18 (excluding May 21), 2018
Location: Dorset Park Community Hub, 1911 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, ON, M1P 2L9

FAMEkids is a free, 10-week program for children aged 7 to12 years old, who have a family member with a mental illness. FAMEkids helps kids learn about mental health in an age-appropriate manner and equips them with coping skills through artwork, discussion and games in a safe, kid-friendly environment. A nutritious meal is provided.

FAMEkids helps children to:

  • Identify and express feelings in a safe environment
  • Explore healthy coping strategies
  • Gain accurate knowledge about mental illness
  • Develop personal support networks
  • Promote resilience and develop an operational action plan

Please Note: Potential participants are assessed to determine their readiness for group work.

Click here to download a PDF flyer of the Scarborough FAMEkids group.

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

To register, please contact:

Christina Lanteigne
416-207-5032 ext. 26
FAMEkids Coordinator and Youth Support Worker (City of Toronto)
Email Christina Lanteigne