Community Resources and Services

Hi!MyNameIsTina: Crystal Meth info

Hi!MyNameIsTina is a web-based resource written by and for gay, bi, queer men who want to use meth more safely, reduce harmful using and reclaim sex-after-meth. It has practical strategies pertinent to tina that go beyond the information here on Tvibe’s crystal meth page, as well as strategies for things you can do, if you are concerned about the meth use of someone you love.

See: www.himynameistina.com

Substance Use Counselling

Spunk! Gay, Bi, Queer Men’s Substance Use Support Group

Spunk is a support group that helps gay, bi, queer and trans men make positive changes regarding drug use, whether those changes are harm reduction or abstinence. Spunk is for guys dealing with any and all substance-use related problems. The group can help you explore how your use may impact or relate to your sexuality. Through discussion with other guys, and guided facilitation by our expert counsellors, we can help you regain control in your substance use, and in your life. Spunk is a closed group, not a drop-in, which means we have intimate, supportive discussions in a safe-feeling environment. The group is co-facilitated by 2 professionals specialised in gay, bi and queer men’s health.

If you are interested, the first step is to call 416-340-8484 ext. 235 or email us at spunk@actoronto.org

ACT Crystal Support Meth Group

ACT also offers a peer support group for gay, bi, queer and trans men wanting to abstain from crystal meth use, as well as related groups for dealing with depression, anxiety and body image.

For more information call Vincent Francouer at 416-340-8484 ext. 229 or email vfrancouer@actoronto.org

ACT One-On-One Substance Use Counselling

ACT provides drop-in and by-appointment counselling, based at our offices, or at Maple Leaf Medical Clinic, for any one living with, or impacted by HIV. Our counselling services are also for gay, bi, queer men on a range of mental health and substance use issues.  If your doctor is at Maple Leaf Medical, you can access this free service – just tell your physician you’d like to be referred to the ACT Community Counsellor at Maple Leaf.

To speak to a counsellor today, check out http://www.actoronto.org/programs-services/counselling

Rainbow Services LGBT Addictions Treatment

Rainbow Services is a program of CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) which provides one-on-one and group counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer-identified folks who are concerned about their use of drugs and alcohol.

Rainbow Services can be accessed through their website. Click here.

St. Michael’s Engagement & CRA Group

St. Michaels’ offers ongoing group support around substance use. The Engagement Group is a 6-week group which can help you explore, understand and articulate your own motivation and reasons for change.

After completion of the Engagement group, members can move on to the more advanced CRA Group: a 12-week psycho-educational group, where you can learn practical strategies to maintain and sustain your positive changes. As hospital services, an OHIP card is required.

For more information, check out: http://www.stmichaelshospital.com/programs/mentalhealth/index.php

If you are interested, in the St. Mike’s groups, call 416-340-8484 ext. 235 or email us at spunk@actoronto.org

519 Community Centre Counselling Program

The 519’s Counselling Program provides access to professionally trained and supervised counsellors who donate their time. There are no fees for this service. A volunteer counsellor will see you up to 6 sessions. Counsellors are familiar with LGBTQ agencies and therapists, as well as doctors, lawyers and other professionals.

To book a counselling session, call  416-392-6874 ext. 4000 and leave a message. The Counselling Program Coordinator will return your call in 2-4 business days to do an intake and put you on a wait-list. Due to high demand, there may be a wait of up to 5 months for your first appointment.

P2P (Pieces to Pathways) LGBTTQQ2SIA Youth Substance Use Support Program

P2P is for queer and trans youth ages 16-29. Services include community drop-in, case management and support groups. The service is located at Parkdale Community Health Centre.

To connect with P2P, check out: https://piecestopathways.com/

Needle Distribution & Exchange Services in Toronto

The Works at Toronto Public Health (TPH) provides harm reduction supplies and distribution to nearly 50 programs across Toronto.

To locate the agency nearest you, where supplies can be accessed, check out their website for a comprehensive directory: by clicking here.

HIV/AIDS Services and Resources

AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

ACT works to reduce new HIV infections in Toronto and promote the independence, dignity, health and well-being of people living with HIV and AIDS and those at increased risk of HIV.

ACT provides a wide range of comprehensive programming in support of people living with and those affected by HIV and AIDS. To find out more, call 416-340-2437 or visit ACT’s website at www.actoronto.org to find out how we can help.

CATIE

The Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) provides an enormous amount of the latest public health information regarding HIV, Hep C and harm reduction information services and support to people living with HIV and Hep C, their loved ones, caregivers, to health care providers, to AIDS service organizations and to related front-line organizations.

See: www.catie.ca

Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA)

The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation exists to promote the health and well-being of all people living with HIV/AIDS by providing accessible, direct and practical support services.

See: www.pwatoronto.org

AIDS and Sexual Health Infoline

No matter where you are in Ontario, you can call or eChat live with our counsellors. It’s anonymous and free. Toll Free: 1-800-668-2437 , Local (Toronto): 416-392-2437. Check out the info service’s eChat at:

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