Among Friends Community Mental Health Program






The Among Friends Program is a social/recreation program for adults who live with mental health challenges that have significantly affected their quality of life.  

At Among Friends we function on a model of recovery that focuses on health promotion, building friendships and the achievement of personal goals.  The culture of our program relies on mutual respect of all of our members, staff, students and volunteers.

Take a look at this month's calendar (August 2018).  Non-members must call for an intake and registration before attending.  For details about these programs click here.

Program Criteria

To qualify for admission into the Among Friends program you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, have a psychiatric diagnosis or be experiencing significant symptoms of emotional distress.  As a program within LAMP Community Health Centre we also limit access to people living within the service delivery area (South of Queensway and withinn the Etobicoke border - see map on main site).  There are no fees to join or participate in this program.

What exactly is a Social/Recreation Program?  What do you do at Among Friends?

Quite simply, Among Friends does all the fun stuff!  A sample of our calendar is included on this page but the calendar changes all the time at the request of our members.  Programs may include:

  • Fitness  –  Gentle Yoga, Gym Membership, Tai Chi, Swimming, Walking
  • Arts - Painting, Expressive Art, Crafts, Music, Creative Writing
  • Hobbies - Cooking, Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing, Cards and Games
  • Trips - Hikes, Events, Art Gallery
  • Socials - Picnics, Parties, Coffee and Chat
  • Wellness - Weight Management, Wellness Toolbox and General Wellness Topics

Sounds Great – How do I sign up?

You may call the office at any time to make an appointment to join Among Friends.  If you would prefer to have a friend, relative or mental health worker call us first that’s okay too.  You’re also more than welcome to bring somebody with you to the appointment if it would make you feel more comfortable. 
We ask that you please call for an appointment as opposed to dropping by so we may protect the privacy of our membership.

For more information call, 416-251-8666


Links to Services and Agencies

Crisis and Distress Lines

Gerstein Crisis Centre, 24 hour Crisis Line: 416-929-5200

Toronto Distress Centres (416) 408-4357 or 408-HELP

Warm Line, Progress Place (416) 960-9276 or 416-960-WARM
Monday to Sunday, 8pm to 12 midnight

If you are in Crisis and you or someone else has called 911 for help…

The police may come to your door before an ambulance attendant, take a breath, be as calm as possible, try to listen and do what they ask.  Police are not trained like any of the mental health professionals you work with so please don’t expect them to treat you the way we would. 
The ambulance attendants will assess you and ask if you want to go to the hospital.  If either the police or ambulance attendants believe you need to go to the hospital you will have to go whether you want to or not.
PLEASE – if this happens go with them as calmly as possible.  If you try and resist once they have made this determination you may be in danger of physical harm.

Mental Health Services

Reconnect Mental Health Services
Telephone: (416)248-2050
56 Aberfoyle Crescent, Ste. 400,
Toronto, ON  M8X 2W4
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Telephone: (416) 535-8501
Canadian Mental Health Association
Telephone: (416) 289-6285
Toronto Branch/ Markham Road Office
1200 Markham Rd. Suite 500
Scarborough, ON M1H 3C3
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere
Telephone: (416)207-5032
4214 Dundas Street West, Suite 209
Etobicoke, ON M8X 1Y6
Telephone: (416) 535-8501, ext. 3448
Lakeshore Lodge Long-Term Care Home,
3197 Lakeshore Blvd West, Room G45,

Food, Furniture and Clothing Assistance

Daily Bread Food Bank

Telephone: (416) 203-0050
191 New Toronto Street
Toronto, ON M8V 2E7
Second Harvest Food Bank
Telephone: (416) 408-2594
Second Harvest
1450 Lodestar Road, unit 18
Toronto, ON M3J 3C1
Out of the Cold (Seasonal) LAMP Community Health Centre
Telephone: (416) 252-6471
185 Fifth Street
Toronto, ON, M8V 2Z5
Out of the Cold (Seasonal) St. Margaret’s Anglican Church
Telephone: (416) 259-2659
156 Sixth Street
Toronto, ON, M8V 3A5
Clothing Bank at Longbranch Baptist Church
Telephone: (416) 251-1525
3381 Lakeshore Blvd. West
Toronto, ON M8W 1N1
Furniture Bank
Telephone : (416) 934-1229
11 Peel Avenue,
Toronto, ON, M6J 1M3

Local Toronto Public Libraries

New Toronto
Telephone: (416) 394-5350
110 Eleventh Street
Toronto, ON, M8V 3G5
Long Branch
Telephone: (416) 394-5320
3500 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Toronto, ON , M8W 1N6
Mimico Centennial
Telephone: (416)394-5330
47 Station Road
Toronto, ON, M8V 2R1
Telephone: (416)394-5310
2 Orianna Drive
Toronto, ON, M8W 4Y1

Information Lines

211 - Community Services
Telephone: 211
311 - City Services  
Telephone: 311


Other Agencies (Social Assistance, Housing, Shelter, Employment, etc.)

Women's Habitat

Crisis Line at the Shelter
Telephone: (416) 252-5829
TTY (416)252-0361
Administration and Outreach
140 Islington Avenue
Etobicoke, ON M8V 3B6
Ontario Disability Support Program Toronto West
General Inquiry: (416) 325-5900
TTY: (416)325-5846
1870 Wilson Ave
North York ON M9M 1A5
Ontario Works – Toronto Office
Telephone: (416) 397-0330
779 The Queensway
Toronto ON M8Z 1N4
Supportive Housing in Peel  
Telephone: (905) 795-8742
969 Derry Road East, Suite 107
Mississauga, ON L5T 2J7
Telephone: (416) 231-2295
2930 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Toronto, ON M8V 1J4

Seniors Programming

Storefront Humber Inc.
Telephone: (416) 259-4207
2445 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
Etobicoke, ON, M8V 1C5
Franklin Horner Community Centre
Telephone: (416) 252-6822
432 Horner Ave
Toronto, ON, M8W 2B2

Clinics, Hospitals, Veternarians

Telehealth 1-866-797-0000 
Free Access to Registered Nurse (24 hours x 7 days/week)
St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Telephone: (416) 530-6000
30 The Queensway
Toronto, ON M6R 1B5
Trillium Health Centre - West Toronto – Urgent Care
Telephone: (416) 259-6671
150 Sherway Drive
Toronto, ON M9C 1A5
Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga
Telephone: (905) 848-7100
100 Queensway West
Mississauga, ON L5B 1B8
Lakeshore Village Medical Walk-In Clinic
Telephone: (416) 259-5100
2885 Lake Shore Blvd W,
Toronto, ON, M8V 1J1
Long Branch Animal Clinic
Telephone: (416) 251-6787
3459 Lake Shore Blvd W,
Etobicoke, ON M8W 1N2
Toronto Withdrawal Management System
Central Access Number
Toronto Area: 416-864-5040