Mental Health Programs
Mental Health Counselling
The Mental Health Program offers a range of counselling services to adults who are living with a mental health illness. Counselling services are offered through individual counselling, couple and/or family counselling, workshops and group programs.
Our program works from the perspective that everyone struggles with mental health at different times in their lives. Our program addresses those aspects of challenges to mental health where daily functioning is impaired. We support people living with chronic or acute mental health issues or who have been diagnosed within a range of psychiatric diagnosis.
Our counselling services include workshops series and group programs that are focused on a variety of issues that are related to mental health and well-being.
These services include topics such as:
- Beyond Mental Illness
- Paths Beyond Anxiety
- Progress Not Perfection
- Creating Profound Change
- Making Connections
Locations: Counselling services are provided at Family Services à la famille Ottawa situated at 312 Parkdale Avenue.
Hours: Counselling services are offered Monday to Friday between 8:30 and 5:00. A limited number of evening hour appointments are also available.
If you would like to access counselling services please contact our intake worker at 613-725-3601 ext. 117 or by TTY at 613-725-6175 during regular intake hours, Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please note that our intake office is closed on weekends and statutory holidays.
The Art Studio
The Art Studio is a unique service for artists who live with mental illness. The studio offers a safe creative space where artists living with mental illness can pursue their art, which otherwise might be limited by their illness or the poverty with which mental illness is often associated.
The Art Studio is a partnership between Family Services à la famille Ottawa, Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa Branch, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Hintonburg Community Centre, City of Ottawa Community Arts Program, and Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa.
The Art Studio is open on Thursdays from 12 to 3 pm, on a drop-in basis, at 1064 Wellington Street West (in the Hintonburg Community Centre). Anyone who lives with a mental illness can come to paint or draw and discuss the creative process. We provide art supplies and bus tickets. Occasionally, we offer workshops on topics like multi-media work, framing, or the business of art.
Space in the studio is limited. There is room for 12 artists at any one time. If the studio is full when you arrive, you have the option to sign in and wait for a space to come available.