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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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