Your wellness matters to us. These are resources to connect to if you are in need of emergency help now.
Black Women in Motion – Resource and Referrals List
A wide-ranging set of mental health resources and supports throughout Toronto and region.
Skylark – offering Walk-in Services specifically to Black youth
If someone calls and identifies as Black they will be offered and can request to speak with a Black therapist, if this is their preference.
The Most Nurtured – Community Breathes Yoga (Inhale + Exhale Series) exclusively by and for Black womxn
WHEN: Every Thursday of June and July 8:00 – 8:45 pm via Zoom. (Eastern Time Zone)
Gentle yoga with an emphasis on self-care and emotional release. Class will start with a short self-care reflection followed by a yoga sequence with primarily slow movement and relaxation positions. All yoga levels are welcome. Join us for individual classes or the full series. This is a LGBTQ+, non-binary and trans-inclusive space. It is an anti-oppressive, and anti-colonial environment.
What’s Up Walk In – Remote Counselling Appointments
Free Virtual Mental Health Counselling
To be connected to a counsellor for a telephone or video session, please call MHTO at 1-866-585-6486, Monday to Friday 9AM – 7PM.
Have COVID Related Questions?
Telehealth Ontario 24/7
Need Help Now?
Kids Help Phone 24/7 – Up to Age 20
Text CONNECT to 686868
Toronto Distress Centre 24/7
Gerstein Centre 24/7
Need Help Now?
Anishnawbe 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Management
416 891 8606
National Suicide Prevention
Assaulted Women’s Helpline 24/7
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
LGBTQ Youth Line
Chat: Sun-Fri 4:30-9:30PM
What’s Up Walk In Virtual Counselling
Mon- Fri 9AM-7PM
1 866 585 6486
Need to find Emergency Shelter?
Central Intake for Access to Shelters 24/7
Eva’s Place: Youth Shelter (16-24)
Eva’s Satellite: Youth Shelter (16-24) w/ Mental Health & Substance Use Support
Harm Reduction Sites in Toronto
Overdose Prevention Line
Harm Reduction Supply Delivery
647 825 4327
(South of Bloor/ West of Yonge/ East of Parkside)
Pieces to Pathways
LGBTTQQ2SIA Harm Reduction Services
Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
Harm Reduction Services
Supervised Consumption Sites
Queen West Site: 168 Bathurst St 416‑703‑8480
Parkdale Site: 1229 Queen St W 416-537-2455
Where to Find Food
Food Link Hotline: Food Bank Access
416 392 6655
Toronto Drop-In Network
Find a Location
YSM Evergreen (Ages 16-24)
365 Spadina Ave
Take Away Meals Mon-Fri 12-2PM
Snacks, Water and Coffee 12-4:30PM
Takeaway Meals at 519 Church Street
Fort York Food Bank
380 College Street
Tues, Thurs-Sat 9AM-11AM
For Help with Legal Questions
Online Legal Information
Steps to Justice
Legal Services for Youth >25
Justice for Children and Youth
Ontario Legal Line (24/7)
Tenant Rights in Ontario
Arts + Wellness
Stress Management Apps
Check these out on your phone or whenever you can get WIFI.
SKETCH studios at 180 Shaw Street will remain closed to public access until further notice. We are forced in this time of pandemic to rework and consider our sustainability given public health priorities and resources. We will keep you posted on new designs in September.
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We've launched our Equity at SKETCH Web page to be in dialogue with you about our Equity goals.
Black activists and communities everywhere are working hard to lead all society to call out and authentically address the violent impacts of White Supremacy in policing, justice, education, health, community and in all systems and infrastructures across Turtle Island (North America). Anti-Black racism is deeply embedded in every fabric of our society. This, as well as our violent colonial legacy of Indigenous erasure, constant gender discrimination and violence, and the violence and mistreatment of those in the disability community, are pervasive pressing truths that we need to face and address, daily, to make change in real ways. We need boldness, energy, honesty, deep listening and accountability, to generate sustained action and inversions of power in the immediate, medium and long term.
What can a community-engaged arts organization in Toronto like us do, to take up its role in this critical renaissance of justice? Join us in learning together with us, what this means.
SKETCH is deeply committed to supporting, learning from and amplifying the brave and creative leadership of young Black Artists and Activists. Check out Art in Pandemic and be inspired by the incredible work of young artists creating during this time.
We call on the Arts Councils to create a Black Artists Fund to support Black Artists and Black Arts and Culture Organizations, recognizing and investing in their leadership in arts and culture, and in building fair and inclusive communities.
Follow us at @SKETCHToronto, and reach out if you have any questions at email@example.com.
Please support us to be a just, accountable and vibrant arts platform for young people on the margins! We need your help now more than ever!