Durham Mental Health Services

Durham Mental Health Services 24 Hour Phone Support: 1-800-742-1890

Crisis Services

DMHS’ Crisis Services now offers Virtual Visits using videoconferencing technology. It’s a way for us to continue providing effective, accessible and immediate mental health support to Durham Region.

To access this service, please call our C.A.L.L. (Crisis Access Linkage Line) at 905-666-0483 or toll-free 1-800-742-1890

Crisis staff will set up the video conference with you when you call. This service is now offered daily – seven days a week – from 7:00am to 11:00pm.

Peer Support

DMHS’ Peer Support program offers a wide variety of free psychoeducational and wellness-based group programming. We have now moved these groups online, and joining is easy. To register or for more information, please email peer@dmhs.ca or call 905-666-0483.

The Family Support Program

Offers individual support, family peer support group and family empowerment workshop Community and self-referrals are welcome. For more information or to register contact dgould@dmhs.ca or 905-666-

Family Support Group
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Family Empowerment Group
Wednesdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm

September and October Programs

H.O.P.E. Series
Healthy Opportunities for Peer Empowerment

4-6 Week Groups
A series of topics running from 4-6 weeks each exploring healthy
connections, communication, motivation, self-esteem, self-exploration,
goal setting and conflict resolution.
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 – 2:30

Mindfulness Practice Group
A 4 week introduction program

For those who experience symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts and/or chronic pain. Mindfulness assists in cultivating self-awareness and intentional action.
Mondays 2:30-3:30 and Thursdays 2:30-3:30
New session starting the first week of each month.

Wellness Social Group

Participants will have the opportunity to explore several topics of wellness and recovery tools, and look at ways to cope during physical distancing through information sharing and discussion

Mondays 11:30-12:30 and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30

Managing Emotions
6 Week Group

For those looking to manage emotions and learn calming techniques, effective communication strategies, and learn to maintain boundaries.
Tuesdays and Fridays 1-2

Untwist Your Thinking
6 Week Group

For those looking to improve their mood, confidence, and motivation through catching, challenging and replacing negative thinking.
Wednesdays and Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Music Group🎵

For those who have a love of music and enjoy participating in group singing, playing an instrument, or just let the music move you
Tuesdays 2:30 –4:00

Craft and Chit Chat🎨

Participants will have the opportunity socialize and relax while using the varieties of crafts and art that you have available at home
Fridays 2:30-3:30

For more information or to register to Peer Groups, contact:
peer@dmhs.ca or 905-666-0483

DMHS Day ProgramsUpdated October 20

New Leaf

Monday- Friday 9:45 am to 11:15 am and 12:45 – 2:15 pm
For more information or to register, contact:

New Winds

Monday-Friday 9:45-11:15 am and 12:45 – 2:15 pm
For more information or to register, contact:
tsalama@dmhs.ca or 905-666-0483

Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Updated Oct. 20

8 Week Group

Monday and Wednesday 10:30-12
For more information or to register contact peer@dmhs.ca or 905-666-0483

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® is a self-designed prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their life dreams and
goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

WRAP Will Help You:
•Discover your own simple, safe Wellness Tools
•Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
•Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things
have gotten much worse and, using Wellness Tools, develop action
plans for responding at these times
•Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance
•Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning

Key Elements of WRAP
•Wellness Toolbox
•Daily Maintenance Plan
•Identifying Triggers and Action Plans
•Identifying Early Warning Signs and Action Plans
•Identifying When Things Are Breaking Down and Action Plans
•Crisis Planning
•Post Crisis Planning

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