Peer Support and Psychoeducational Groups
CMHA London-Middlesex hosts a variety of professionally facilitated and peer support groups; please see below for a detailed listing of what is available through our agency.
Family Psycho-Educational Course
Are you coping with the mental illness of a family member?
- Do you struggle with knowing when to help your loved one?
- Are you in search of more information about the illness and methods of coping with common situations?
- Do you want to know how other families cope?
We offer a FREE, six-week course for families and friends who are dealing with these and related issues. Please call our Information, Education & Support Team Lead Marnie Wedlake, at 519-434-9191 ext. 235 for details and intake for the next scheduled course.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
This is an eight week, professionally facilitated program. Group sessions cover many issues such as guilt, shame, anger, stigma, denial and helplessness. Methods of coping with these feelings are discused. SOS is offered twice annually; in the Spring and Fall. It is limited to eight participants. Please call our Bereavement Services Coordinator, 519-434-9191 ext. 244 for details and intake.
It has been our experience that people benefit most from the group when they have left the shock phase of grief. This often takes up to six months or more. Individuals who have recently lost someone to suicide (within six months) are encouraged to call our Information Referral service at 519-434-9191.
Suicide Bereavement Support Group
This group offers on-going peer support. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Meetings are faciliated by peers. Registration is not required; drop-in’s are welcome. Please note that this is not a therapy group. Individuals who are still experiencing shock or are having extreme difficulty in coping with their loss are encouraged to seek alternative forms of support. For more information, please call 519-434-9191.
London Region Mood Disorders Self Help Group
This is a peer support group for individuals who experience a mood disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Meetings are held every Wednesday evening, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at CMHA. On the fourth Wednesday of each month, the meetings are open to friends and family members. Occasionally, there are guest speakers and/or video presentations. No registration is required; drop-in’s are welcome. For more information, please call 519-434-9191.
London Shyness & Social Anxiety Support Group
This group is for people with social phobia who would like to receive and give support to others who experience similar anxiety. It is NOT a therapy group. As the Peer Facilitator explains:
“The very nature of shyness keeps us isolated and makes us feel alone and many suffer in silence. This group is designed to show you that you are not alone and bring you out of isolation. You will form strong friendships with other members who know what you are going through and want to help you. We all work together to improve our social lives and social skills.”
Meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:15 pm. For more information about this group you may contact the facilitator at email@example.com (please write MEETING in the subject line).
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group
This group is available for people who experience obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) so as to be able to give and receive support to each other. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. No registrations are required and drop-ins are welcome.
**The opinions expressed by the facilitators of the groups do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CMHA London-Middlesex.
Group activities are generously funded by the United Way of London & Middlesex.