Mental Health Programs

Mental Health Counselling

Please note that there is currently a waiting list for counselling services at FSO.  As a result intake for the Mental Health Counselling program is temporarily closed until further notice. 

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.

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.


The Art Studio

The Art Studio is a unique service for artists who live with mental health challenges. The studio offers a warm and welcoming, creative space where artists can pursue their art and are supported to express their creativity.

The Art Studio is open using virtual/remote ways of connecting.  Please check here often to see the schedule of Studio activities and events. For more information, please email the Art Studio Coordinator at or leave a phone message at 613 725-3601 ext. 220

November Schedule of Studio Activities

November 5th, 2020, 12:30 – 2:30

Talking about Art – Special Topics via group teleconference or video conference. We will be using Zoom.

Talking about Art -This week the talk will be a continuation of east coast Canadian artist Alex Colville Part III.  Coleville is a towering figure in the history of Canadian contemporary art .This artist stands quite alone, beyond category. Behind the   realistic imagery in his paintings lurks the surreal in spite of the familiar subjects of people, animals and cars.  If would like to participate, please email…… the Art Studio Coordinator

November 12th, 2020, 12:30 – 2:30

Special Topics via group teleconference or video conference. We will be using Zoom.

“Ideas – On and About Art “This is a type of discussion gathering that will open with a Topic introduced by the coordinator on an art related question. This will then lead into a peer led interaction. This week’s topic is “WHAT IS ART? PART 3 “Understanding art by what it does.” A talk will be presented on the multiple ways in which art speaks to us.   . If you would like to participate, please email the Art Studio Coordinator

November 19th, 2020 Art Studio Closed

November 26th, 2020 Art Studio Closed













Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601