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Many immigrants and refugees experience high levels of stress and trauma as a result of their migration and settlement experiences. Unfortunately, many struggle to find help in their first language. Our Community Mental Health Program mobilizes the skills of internationally trained mental health professionals to meet the emotional health needs of newcomers in Toronto.

Through this unique program, internationally trained clinicians offer individual counselling and group programs to help newcomers overcome different kinds of stress or trauma, and to promote resilience, strength and well-being at the individual and community level.

Our Community Mental Health Program offers the following services:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group workshops
  • Emotional intelligence for families
  • Building strengths at work
  • Support group for women
  • Men’s Group
  • Supporting Family Connection (In partnership with Catholic Children Aid Society)

The Mennonite New Life Centre supports the career development and labour market integration of internationally trained psychologists through our Bridge Training Program.

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Individual Counselling

We offer short-term supportive counselling for newcomers struggling with different kinds of stress or trauma, and referrals to specialized services where needed. Our counsellors are internationally trained psychologists – highly skilled and experienced – who have received intensive orientation and exposure to the Ontario mental health service framework. Their strength and focus are clinical counselling.

To access counselling services, please call (416) 699-4527 to request a mental health intake assessment. The intake worker will assess urgency and make the referral to the counselling team. We offer counselling services in English, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, and Turkish.

Group Workshops 

Throughout the year, the community mental health program offers a range of group programs and workshops, providing participants with opportunities to share stories and mutual support, build resilience and hope, identify strengths and develop community leadership. Group programs include refugee support groups, parenting support groups, a strengths-based empowerment and leadership development group, and an employment and mental health group.

Our workshops support participants to tap into their inner strength, while managing emotions, learning positive communication approaches, and building support networks.

HOPES: Building Strengths for Work

Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success (HOPES) is part of the Building Strengths for Work program. This program helps newcomers who are struggling to find employment appropriate to their education, skills and experience and need individual support in the context of resettlement stress.

HOPES is a unique employment program where participants learn how to:

– Redefine employment goals within a new cultural context and take the first steps forward!
– Take advantage of ongoing counselling and support from employment agencies and programs.
– Integrate successfully into the Canadian workforce.

Emotional Intelligence for Families

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to express and control our own emotions and understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. By working in schools, we help create a social network for families and children in order to foster a sense of community.

This program teaches participants what emotional intelligence is, how it promotes healthy relationships between parents and children and how it helps children to recognize and express their feelings, develop self-motivation and perform better at school.

Women’s Group 

A group of Latin American women gather every Saturday morning with two facilitators and learn to tap into their inner strengths and manage emotions while building support networks and making friends.

We offer this program in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association -Toronto Branch.

For more information, call Leticia Esquivel at 647-776-2057 x 306.

What’s New with Community Mental Health

*NEW* Family Program Designed to support newcomers’ families, the program runs workshops that cover a variety of themes to strengthen family relationships. The main topics are:  family dynamics and communication, emotional intelligence, and a family life project. The workshops are held every other Saturday at our Keele office from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. This… Continue Reading

Opening Doors Job Fair

Come on out to meet employers, neighbours, and MNLCT staff at this week-long event. Continue Reading Opening Doors Job Fair

May 2018: New Bridging Programs, Let’s PLAY Ultimate Frisbee, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs Workshop, Settlement News, MNLCT is Hiring, HOPES Program

This newsletter includes information about the new Bridging Programs (BEMC, BREM ), the Let’s PLAY Ultimate Frisbee Summer Session, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs Workshop, Settlement News, MNLCT is Hiring and HOPES Program. Find out all the details by viewing the full newsletter now! Bridge to Employment in Media & Communications (BEMC)      Now accepting applications for September 2018!         … Continue Reading May 2018: New Bridging Programs, Let’s PLAY Ultimate Frisbee, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs Workshop, Settlement News, MNLCT is Hiring, HOPES Program

New Life LGBTQ+ Group

An affirming space to connect, grow, belong, and have fun! Starting January 31st, 2018, come join us every Wednesday at 4:30 PM in our Keele location (2737 Keele Street, Unit 9). Contact Gabriela Arredondo for more information at 

HOPES: Cohort 8 Workshop Dates

Cohort 8 Workshops for the HOPES Program will be held on March 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2018. For more information about the program, please visit Contact Ines Anderson ( ASAP as spaces are limited. (647) 776-2057 ext. 304

Let’s PLAY Ultimate Summer Camp

Wow! What a fun-filled and action-packed camp this summer! Youth of all ages (primarily 8-17) had the opportunity to engage, play, and experience the exciting sport known as ultimate frisbee. The Let’s PLAY Ultimate summer camp ran from July 31st – August 30th on Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Thanks to Ultimate… Continue Reading Let’s PLAY Ultimate Summer Camp

August 2017: Back to school, Let’s PLAY Ultimate, Job Connect Cafe, LINC Program starts, BTMH Cohort 14 starts, LatinX Grad

Job Connect Cafe, LINC program classes start soon, BTMH program cohort 14 starts soon, Instagram account launched. Continue Reading August 2017: Back to school, Let’s PLAY Ultimate, Job Connect Cafe, LINC Program starts, BTMH Cohort 14 starts, LatinX Grad

MNLCT programs & services help refugees establish new lives in Canada. Help us help them – give HOPE. Continue Reading

Choose from over 40 free workshops at Opening Doors Symposium

Choose from over 40 free workshops to help you on your journey to meaningful employment! From May 23 to May 26, workshops will presented by MNLCT staff and partner organizations on the themes of: Meeting Canadian Employers Preparation for Employment MNLCT Services & Supports Financial Solutions Home & Family Services & Supports (including mental health… Continue Reading Choose from over 40 free workshops at Opening Doors Symposium

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Our services will not be running from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4. We will resume again on Tuesday, July 5. Happy Canada Day!