How to Access Services
At Stella’s Place, we offer free mental health services for young adults ages 16 to 29 living in Toronto. Our programs are divided into 3 categories: drop-in, by appointment and registered. To limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the site at 18 Camden Street is closed. We are still offering our programming through chat, phone and online platforms.
Online Peer Support App
COVID-19 social distancing hours Sundays to Thursdays 4:00 to 9:00pm
Get some one-on-one support from one of our peer support staff online. Download the free app at beanbagchat.ca or in the app store for iPhone or Android.
Virtual Fitness Program
Every other Monday 4:30pm to 5:30pm
About 45 minutes of movement guided by outside facilitators from Common Ground 416. There will be time for a check-in, warm up, cool down and stretch, and check-out. Folks will need a secure internet connection to join. No equipment needed. All levels welcome. You can decide if they want their camera on or off. Folks can sign up on the same day by emailing [email protected] or calling 416-461-2345 and pressing 0. This program runs on a first-come-first-serve basis and has space for 8 participants. Prior to the session a Zoom link will be sent by email.
Virtual Drop-in Counselling
Thursdays 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Are you looking to speak to a counsellor and get individual support? Call us on Thursday to book a same-day counselling appointment. You can reach our Access team to book at 416-461-2345 ext.0 or email us at [email protected].
(On pause) Virtual Yoga Program
Currently on pause
About 45 minutes of movement guided by external facilitators from lululemon. There will be time for a check-in, warm up, cool down and stretch, and check-out. Folks will need a secure internet connection to join. No equipment needed. All levels welcome. You can decide if they want their camera on or off. Folks can sign up on the same day by emailing [email protected] or calling 416-461-2345 and pressing 0. This program runs on a first-come-first-serve basis and has space for 8 participants. Prior to the session a Zoom link will be sent by email.
Programs by Appointment
Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:00pm by appointment
Are you looking for some employment help? Lisa Baker is our resident pre-employment specialist, joining us from the YMCA. Lisa is welcoming, non-judgmental, friendly, and is committed to meeting folks where they are at. To request an appointment with Lisa or learn more about what she can do to help you with your employment, please give us a call at (416) 461-2345 or email us at [email protected].
Consult a Family Doctor
Talk with a doctor familiar about mental health. Ask about general health, mental health, sexual health, chronic illnesses, or anything you’d see a doctor for! To book an appointment please contact: c[email protected]
Friday’s by appointment
Remote appointments are available!
Are you looking to consult with a psychiatrist? Give us a call at (416)461-2345 ext. 0 or email us at [email protected] to learn more about how you can book an appointment with our psychiatrist.
Monday to Friday by appointment. Participants will meet with the same clinician for 6 consecutive sessions that take place every 1 to 2 weeks. Sessions are 50 minutes long.
The short term individual counselling approach at Stella’s Place is integrative, drawing primarily from Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT). FACT is a brief version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and is an effective treatment for many mental health challenges. In a FACT approach, participants are viewed as “stuck, not broken” and treatment targets one primary issue, which is collaboratively selected by participant and clinician. Clinicians introduce experiential interventions during sessions to increase participant awareness, skillfulness, and encourage application beyond sessions. FACT supports individuals in taking values-based actions while coping flexibly and effectively with difficult challenges, thoughts, memories, and emotions.
Registration for future groups is open.
Learn to apply Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills to your life. You will learn how to identify and cope with your emotions, how to manage difficult situations, and how to build communication skills with family and friends.
BIPOC DBT Group
Registration for future groups is open.
For BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) folks. Learn to apply DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) Skills to your life. You will learn how to identify and cope with your emotions, how to manage difficult situations, and how to build communication skills with family and friends.
One-to-One Peer Support
The one-on-one peer support program offers participants an invitation to receive intentional peer support services from one of our Peer Support Workers. In this program, Participants work collaboratively with Peer Support Workers who draw from their lived experience to support participants’ mental health. This program is intended to help increase independence, enhance coping strategies, help participants navigate through various Stella’s Place programming and offer support while participants are on a waitlist for registered programming.
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Call for Co-Design
Are you interested in helping to inform our programs and services? We are looking for current and future participants’ help to create our mental health programs! Please fill out this Google Form if interested.
How to Get Connected
Discuss what programs you are interested in with Access Coordinators Ajay or Nakeesa, and get placed on a waiting list.
Drop in Programs
Drop-in Programs are available throughout your time at Stella’s Place. They can be accessed while on a waitlist for registered programming.
The wait list for our registered programs is 4 months to 1 year. Before enrolling in your program you will meet with a Clinician to speak about goals.
“Stella’s Place means community. It’s not the place that makes it so wonderful, it’s the group of people in it that makes it such a safe haven.”
-Stella’s Place Community Member
“Before coming to Stella’s Place, I guess I was lost, and felt a bit lonely. I felt like a crisis was about to happen and I needed to take some preventive action. I was able to choose several options in one place: the job connection program, figure out my financial situation, participate in WRAP with a peer supporter, and one-on-one counselling.”
–Victoria, Participant & Young Adult Council Member