Virtual support groups

Online support groups are available for a wide variety of mental or physical health issues. You don’t have to do this alone. Support related to mental health, chronic pain, eating disorders and more is available.

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Finding the right virtual support can be an overwhelming task, especially if you are unwell. Some people experiencing mental health issues or other health concerns prefer to access supports privately and at their convenience. We’ve done some of the work for you, gathering a selection of credible, free online resources. You don’t have to do this alone. There are people just waiting for you to connect with them.

Many other support groups, offering services in both English and French, are listed here. We have filtered the results to show free services, but you can also search for services that have fees if you wish. It is important to know that you are never alone unless you choose to be. There are people like you who want to connect with you.  Many will be able to share coping strategies that have worked for them.

An organization that seeks to improve health outcomes by providing opportunities for patients to learn from each other. Many mental health and behaviour issues are represented among the registrants. Use of the site is free, but registration is required.

All IN Family Peer Support

A peer support network for the entire family of someone with a mental health challenge and/or addiction. All IN Family Peer Support offers free one-on-one and online support groups, workshops, and navigation of resources assistance for families in an effort to build a community of understanding, acceptance and hope.

Mood Disorders of Ontario hosts online support forums for depression and bipolar disorder, family support and postpartum depression.  Register for one of their groups or one-on-one peer support.

Eating disorders Nova Scotia Online Groups

Connect with others working on recovery in a supportive online space. Peer mentors and guest facilitators help participants explore new skills in a non-judgemental, pro-recovery environment. You can take part in whatever way is comfortable for you – with or without camera and mic, or even just by commenting in the chat box. These virtual workshops and information sessions are open to anyone across Canada. 

Contact us if you want to make recommendations about any evidence-based, free, online resources, in both English and French, that you feel might be even more helpful than these.

Additional resources

A tool to support employee success. A process that engages both employee and employer to develop solutions that support productivity and well-being. Supporting Employee Success is for any employee, including those needing accommodation.

Balancing your support network. If you feel hesitant to reach out, think about how you feel when you are able to help someone. Many people welcome the opportunity to help, and are relieved to find out that we all need help from time to time.

Getting support when you return to work. Tips and strategies that can help you adjust to routines, re-establish social connections and reorient to job tasks. Asking for help to return to work successfully benefits both you and your employer.

Mental health awareness videos. Video interviews with people who experienced mental health issues at work discussing what helped. Their strategies and advice can act as virtual peer support and mental health awareness.

Peer supporters. Learn about reaching out for or becoming a peer supporter in the workplace. Peer supporters draw on their life experiences to help those facing similar challenges.

Contributors include.articlesMary Ann BayntonWorkplace Strategies team 2007-2021

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