Art and Wellness Resources

Wellness Supports NOW 


Your wellness matters to us. These are resources to connect to if you are in need of emergency help now.

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Black-focused Wellness and Mental Health Resources

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

416-482-0081 ex.6
Tuesday 9:00AM-1:30PM
Wednesday 1:00PM-7:00PM

416-482-0081 ex.5
Monday 1:30-5:00PM
Tuesday 1:30PM-5:00PM
Thursday 1:30PM-5:00PM

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

Virtual Health Care
Tia Health
Appletree Medical

Need Help with replacing your ID?
PAID ID Clinic
416 691 7407
Mon- Fri 9AM-3PM

Need Help Now?
Kids Help Phone 24/7 – Up to Age 20
Text CONNECT to 686868
Online Chat

Toronto Distress Centre 24/7
416-408- 4357

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
Text: 647-694-4275
Sun-Fri 4:30-9:30PM
Chat: Sun-Fri 4:30-9:30PM


Walk-in Counselling
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
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
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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
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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

The 519
Takeaway Meals at 519 Church Street
Mon-Fri 1-4PM
Sat-Sun 12:30PM
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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

Landlord & Tenant Board Info Line
Mon-Fri 9-5PM
LTB: Help for Tenants
Frequently Asked Questions 

Employment Support
Acces Employment
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St. Stephen’s Employment Centre
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Youth Employment Services
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Tropicana Community Services
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Toronto Public Library
Wifi Hotspots Available

Arts + Wellness


Artscape Daniels Launchpad
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Friends of Ruby
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NIA Centre for the Arts
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Sand In Water: Creative Gathering
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Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council
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UNITY Charity

Online Art Programs

Centre for Mindfulness
Online Meditations

Lifted By Purpose
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Toronto Public Library
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Stress Management Apps
Check these out on your phone or whenever you can get WIFI.


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SKETCH COMMUNITY UPDATE (as of August 14, 2020)

Thanks to all who participated in Creating Against the Odds! Our online experiments offered May, June and July. Thanks to everyone who made those experiments during these challenging times.

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.

Connect here for wellness supports.

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

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!

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