ANNOUNCEMENT: Office is Closed to The Public

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Friday March 13, 2020
Hello Everyone,

Over the past weeks, all of us have been asked to follow social distancing guidelines and, when necessary, to engage in self-quarantine. These practices can be very isolating and particularly of concern to those who are alone, or who already struggle with isolation or feelings of anxiety. I sincerely hope that you and your families are doing well and all are safe and healthy in this uncertain and challenging time.

Like many of you, we at Hope + Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario have been monitoring closely the developments related to the spread of COVID-19.  We are carefully following the direction from the federal Public Health Agency of Canada and Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Toronto Public Health. The safety of our clients, participants, and staff is our top priority. We want only to ensure everyone’s continued health and safety.

With this reason, our offices and our affiliate locations will remain closed to the public until Monday, April 6th, 2020. 
 

Our organization remains open, however!
Beginning last week, we now provide virtual online counselling and peer support.  Our staff and volunteers continue to work remotely, with all our telephone, e-mail, and voice mail systems operating as usual.  We will continue to support our clients and participants safely and effectively. This means we will be using video and audio technologies to conduct your meeting sessions with us.

Starting the week of Monday, March 23rd, we will be offering online group Peer Support as follows:
 

Depression and Anxiety: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:50PM
Youth and Young Adults: Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:50PM
Women: Thursdays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Family Members and Supporters: Tuesdays, 7:00 PM to 8:50PM
General Peer Support: Fridays, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
We ask all our group participants to register at this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfINmZ30cSAcpOWCyIvXiKA96GGVrHoWWEkIo1Fozawp0pbJQ/viewform

Registration for evening one-on-one peer support over the phone (formerly drop-in one-on-one peer support) is also found at the above link.

Over our 38-year-old history, Hope + Me has grown to become Ontario's leader in one-on-one, group-based peer support and recovery programs. We are directed by and through lived experience.  Our mantra is "Talk to someone who has been there," and these words define who we are—even more so now as I write to you.  We emphasize lived experience as a vital pathway to hope, healing, and recovery; as a result, the lived experience lens is embedded in all aspects of our programs and services.

We are here to help you.  Please feel free hesitate to reach out to us.  We will continue to provide you updates as the situation changes.

Thank you for your continued support. I and all at Hope + Me wish all of you continued well-being and safety.

 
Kind Regards,

Ann Marie Mac Donald
Executive Director and CEO,
Hope + Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario