Programs for Family Members

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Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program

The Mood Disorder Association of Ontario has developed a comprehensive support program for family members who are experiencing the complex challenges associated with providing and receiving care to those living with mood disorders and/or addiction.

While family members and caregivers are essential to the support team when addressing the needs of a loved one with mental health and addiction challenges, very often family members become in need of services and supports themselves. This new program will continue to adhere to the individual peer support and recovery work that MDAO does best while expanding upon and strengthening services in the following areas:

  • Clinical support services for family members between the ages of 16 – 65 challenged with complex mental health and addiction needs
  • Educational resources for family members
  • Recovery programs for family members
  • Peer support groups
  • One-to-one family peer support
  • Psycho-educational programs
  • System navigation
  • Support networks
  • Community outreach


Shelly Murphy
Clinical Program Manager
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario 
36 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 602
Toronto, ON M4R 1A1
(416) 486-8046 ext. 300 (1-888-486-8236)


Early Intervention Psychosis Program

When someone you love has been diagnosed with psychosis or experiencing early symptoms of psychosis, you may have concerns and questions you would like to talk about. MDAO offers counselling and support for families of young people (aged 16 to 35) who are living with a mood disorder and/or psychosis.

If you…

  • Are a FAMILY MEMBER of an individual between the ages of 16-35 who may be experiencing early symptoms of psychosis or have been diagnosed with psychosis
  • Are an individual between the ages of 16-35 who has been experiencing early symptoms of psychosis or have been diagnosed with psychosis
  • Are inquiring about…
    • Resources
    • Education/information
    • Drop-in groups
    • Recovery programs

These can assist you and your family to better understand psychosis and the importance of early intervention.

…we can provide support!


Christina D'Agostino
Family and Youth Services
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario 
36 Eglinton Ave. West, Suite 602
Toronto, ON M4R 1A1
(416) 486-8046 ext. 225 (1-888-486-8236)

These programs can benefit you by providing the skills, knowledge and assistance necessary to navigate the system, make informed decisions and build strong support networks. They will also ensure an increased number of individuals, family members and caregivers receive clinical, educational, peer, and recovery services to support their vital role in providing appropriate, timely, and effective care.

These programs are funded by the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).


“It Starts Here” – Recognizing Mood Disorders in Youth

It Starts Here is a free 1.5 hour long presentation available to parents, schools and communities across the GTA. Parents that attend will be provided with information on mood disorders in youth and information about how to help their kids if they are struggling. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to hear a personal story of a parent who has raised a teen with a mood disorder and/or experienced a mood disorder themselves.  If you are interested in bringing this presentation to your school, please contact Christina D'Agostino, Coordinator of Family and Youth Programs at 416-486-8046 x225 or To read about our parent speakers, please click to view the flyer.


Peer Support for Families

For information on our 9 week educational support group for families called Strengthening Families Together, please contact us at (416) 486-8046.

We offer a regular peer support drop in group for family members of people living with a mood disorder. Just check out the free family peer support groups listed below. 

Upcoming Support Programs