Peer Support

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One in five people will experience a mood disorder (depression or bipolar disorder) in his or her lifetime. The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is dedicated to helping them and their families ... with care, compassion, respect and equity.

Telephone Information Support

Our toll-free telephone number (1-888-486-8236) allows callers from across the province to access information and support. Trained volunteers are available during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to provide callers with local support group details, guidance on how to find a doctor as well as offering peer to peer support.

Peer Support Groups

Regular drop-in peer support groups are held in a wide variety of locations throughout the province of Ontario. There is no registration required and all groups are free of charge. Confidentiality is always respected.

Check out our peer support groups across Ontario.

See our online calendar for dates and times of our drop-in peer support groups across Ontario.


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Peer Support Provincial Outreach Project

The Mood Disorders Association has received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Canada, to help us better connect with and help build the capacity of our 35 affiliate members, which run 54 peer support groups across Ontario. The main purpose of the project is to come up with an organization and membership model that will be sensitive, flexible and adaptable to the demands and
expectations of each region.

Questions about this project can be directed to Kim Umbach, Manager of Support Programs, at (416) 486-8046 ext. 223 (1-888-486-8236).

Recovery Programs

We provide a variety of pre-registered groups that offer participants tools to use in the recovery journey. Various groups are offered at different times throughout the year. If you'd like to be notified when new recovery groups are starting

Our recovery programs include:  

Wellness Recovery Action Planning: A nine-week program focused on wellness, with specific tools for planning your recovery.

Drumming to Our Own Beat: Learn how to manage your depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder in a musical way.

Learn to Paint: Get your creative juices flowing!

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: Learn how mindfulness can help you manage depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

Laughing Like Crazy:  Learn how to use humour to cope more positively with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder.

Managing Depression and Anxiety: Tools for helping you to manage living with depression and anxiety.

Women in Recovery: A group for women with tools for their recovery journey.