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)

https://www.themostnurtured.com/communitybreathes

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.

Yoga for Black Grief (BLACK ONLY SPACE)
3 weeks of classes for Grounding, Anger, and Release
Fridays, 7:00PM – 8:00PM
June 19th 2020….Release
Sign up here.

About Facilitator: Yami M ( Ze/Hir- She/Her) Yami is a grassroots community organizer and movement practitioner that has over ten years of experience supporting survivors of sexual, racial and gender based violence. Yami is interested in decolonial anti-racist practices of healing justice that centre the most marginalized and support the healing and thriving of folxs. Ze is a member of Brown Girls Yoga Collective & Restore Collective with Hill Insider. Yami founded SEEDS yoga in May 2017.

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
1-866-797-0000

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
1-800-668-6868
Text CONNECT to 686868
Online Chat

Toronto Distress Centre 24/7
416-408- 4357

Gerstein Centre 24/7
416-929-5200

Need Help Now?
Anishnawbe 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Management
416 891 8606

National Suicide Prevention
1-800-273-TALK

Assaulted Women’s Helpline 24/7
416-863-0511

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
416-597-8808

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
416-338-4766

Eva’s Place: Youth Shelter (16-24)
416-441-1414

Eva’s Satellite: Youth Shelter (16-24) w/ Mental Health & Substance Use Support
416-229-1874

 

Harm Reduction
Harm Reduction Sites in Toronto

Overdose Prevention Line
1-888-853-8542

Harm Reduction Supply Delivery
647 825 4327
(South of Bloor/ West of Yonge/ East of Parkside)

Pieces to Pathways
LGBTTQQ2SIA Harm Reduction Services
See More

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
See More

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
See More

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)
416-929-8400

Tenant Rights in Ontario
TenantRights.ca

Landlord & Tenant Board Info Line
416-645-8080
Mon-Fri 9-5PM
LTB: Help for Tenants
Frequently Asked Questions 

Employment Support
Acces Employment
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St. Stephen’s Employment Centre
See More

West Neighbourhood House
See More

Toronto Public Library
Wifi Hotspots Available

Arts + Wellness

 

Artscape Daniels Launchpad
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Friends of Ruby
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LOFT: TAY Hub
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NIA Centre for the Arts
See More

Sand In Water: Creative Gathering
See More

Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council
See More

UNITY Charity
UNITY LIVE Schedule

VIBE Arts
Online Art Programs

Centre for Mindfulness
Online Meditations

Lifted By Purpose
See More

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

 

  • BIOFEEDBACK
  • DAYLIOPACIFICA
  • HEADSPACE
  • SAM: STRESS AND ANXIETY MANAGEMENT
  • CALM- MEDITATE, RELAX, SLEEP
  • MINDSHIFT
  • WHATSUP
  • COLORFY: Colouring book for adults
  • RELAXING SPA MUSIC
  • AMBIENCE- NATURE SOUNDS
  • SPOTIFY (MOOD PLAYLIST)
  • SLEEP SOUNDS FREE- RELAX & SLEEP
  • NATURE SOUNDS
  • MOOD PATH
  • WYSA

Art Transforms You

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"You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti-racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too. If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER." - Clara Amfo, BBC 1 Radio Host

Dear SKETCH Community,

The last two weeks have been yet another reminder that the Black community continues to be under attack by white supremacist systems. SKETCH's board of directors and staff sends their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who we have most recently lost including Regis Korchinski-Paquet, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and D’Andre Campbell, and all those whose deaths have not been televised.

In our grief and anger at these senseless murders committed by the police, SKETCH is ensuring that we stay accountable to our Black youth artists, staff and the Black community at large, by taking swift action to ensure that folks are supported, uplifted, taken care of and their voices amplified, as they continue to organize and march on the front lines for justice.

As an organization that is led by mainly white leadership, we are deeply committed to examining and activating our role as an accomplice to address violence, racism, oppression, and discrimination in our sector, in Toronto and in society generally.

This Means:
  • We will continue to look within and address our own biases and the ways that systemic and structural racism plays itself out in SKETCH;
  • We will increase investment and resources to young Black Artists;
  • We will endorse Black leadership in SKETCH and in arts and culture;
  • We will support self-care and resources for our Black staff; and
  • Our leadership will connect with other white leaders of arts and culture organizations to support Black leadership in the sector with resourced opportunities to lead in meaningful ways.

We want to acknowledge the trauma and grief of those who create with and work at SKETCH, who are Black. We know you endure violence on a daily basis. We want to reach out to support you, stand and work together with you, to fight for justice, for your health, and for your futures.

We seek to learn daily, with you, how to enact a more just present and future. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for calling us to be better. All of our liberations depend on it.

We join the movements for prison abolition, and for strong redirection of funding for policing to go toward community-based transformative justice efforts.

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.

We encourage the non-Black community members of SKETCH to stand with us and take action by:
  • Educating yourself on the issues;
  • Supporting your Black staff with personal time for self-care;
  • Supporting the community by buying from Black-owned business (which include Black artists at SKETCH);
  • Donating to organizations that are directly supporting Black folks;
  • Reposting and resharing information on your social media feeds;
  • Having constant conversations with your peers, families, and friends; and
  • Signing petitions that call for justice.

With so many ways to actively support the dismantling of systems that continue to oppress the Black community, silence is not an option.

We welcome you all to join SKETCH in allying yourselves with the Black community in the fight for liberation for all, not as a token event, but one that actually leads to a re-education, re-evaluation, and unbiased and selfless action.

In solidarity,

SKETCH Working Arts

Artwork: Egwu Ogwu Mystic Dance by Kanna Anigbogu

Dear Friends and Investors,

Greetings from the SKETCH Project Home Team! We hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe during this time.

UPDATE: SKETCH is placing the capital campaign to purchase our studios on brief hiatus until the fall.

Our campaign has been a great success so far, with over $370,000 raised in funds and Community Bonds! However, in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, SKETCH is taking action to suspend the campaign to allow the time needed for those excited about our campaign to be in a more secure position to participate.

If you have already donated to the campaign, or purchased SKETCH Community Bonds, we deeply appreciate your commitment to Project Home. If you've just recently submitted your bond-purchase documents, we will still process your investment.

Have any questions about your donations or bond purchase? Please do not hesitate to contact SKETCH Executive Director, Rudy Ruttimann at rudy@sketch.ca.

This summer, we'll be working with our campaign partners and SKETCH community to determine exactly when we relaunch in the Fall. We'll be sure to keep you posted over the summer.

You can still inquire about SKETCH, our capital campaign, and its progress at invest@sketch.ca or by following us at @SKETCHToronto.

Thank you for your time, and we wish all the best for you and your family.

-The SKETCH Team & Campaign Advisory

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