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. 

 


 

FAME Youth Group: Etobicoke

 

Dates: Wednesday, August 2, Thursday, August 3, Wednesday August 9, and Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, 81 The East Mall, 3rd floor, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 5W3

Group Description: This is a free, psychoeducational program for youth aged 13 to 17 who have a family member or loved one with a mental illness. The group educates and equips youth with coping skills through artwork, discussion and games in a safe environment.

The group helps youth 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 flyer of our FAME Youth Group

Registration Deadline: Monday, July 10, 2017.

To register, please contact:

Karen Naismith
289-232-1225
FAMEkids Coordinator and Youth Support Worker
Email Karen Naismith

FAMEkids Group: North York (Ongoing)

 

Days & Time: Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Dates: May 4 – July 6, 2017
Location: Hincks Dellcrest Centre, 1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto, ON M3M 2X4

What is FAMEkids? It is a free, 10-week program for children aged 7-12 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 the PDF of our FAMEkids North York Group flyer.

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017

To register, please contact:

Karen Naismith
289-232-1225
FAMEkids Coordinator and Youth Support Worker (Region of Peel)
Email Karen Naismith

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