We are proud to launch a new department to support the mental health and wellbeing of our clients. Skills for Change launched mental health and wellness supports in 2018 with our Women Connecting with Women program. With this growing need of support for mental health and counselling for immigrant and refugee families, we have launched this department expanding our counselling and wellness supports to all clients to address the systemic barriers of newcomers and mental health challenges of unemployed persons, to provide them with the tools needed to assist with their economic integration.

Our Mental Health and Well-Being Supports have five staff members dedicated to providing our clients with mental health and wellbeing supports in a variety of different languages including: French, Arabic, Japanese, Russian, English, & Farsi and will provide the following programs and services including

One-on-One Counselling

At Skills for Change we have experienced settlement counsellors who facilitate the social, economic and civic integration of immigrants and refugees in Canada.

COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Program (CORR)

The COVID-19 Recovery & Resiliency Program (CORR) will provide mental health and wrap around supports to Ontario Works recipients who have been impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Women Connecting with Women

Women Connecting with Women addresses the systemic issues of newcomer women who face multi-barriers and provides newcomer women with tools and resources to reduce social isolation, increase self-esteem, increase their networks and build confidence.

Virtual Connections Program

Virtual Connections Project will support the mental health, social and well being of individuals and families from vulnerable communities who are most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shock Proofing Gender-Based Violence

Skills for Change offers a community-based wellness support for all women that have experienced trauma due to mental abuse and are in the process of seeking employment.

Meet the Team

Keith Cunningham

Manager, Mental Health & Wellness Services

Radhika Sharma

Manager, Programs and Services

Titilola Elizabeth Omotosho

Clinical Counsellor, Mental Health Services 

Effect of Stress on our Body with University of Toronto
Time: April 6, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Facilitator – Jeeventh Kaur, Tamara Dubljevic, & Dropen

Stress affects us all, but did you know it has a profound impact on our bodies? Join Skills for Change for a workshop on the effects of stress on the body. We’ll delve into the physiological basis and science of stress, discover the statistics and research behind this common issue, and learn practical strategies for managing stress.

Get an insider’s tour of stress management tools you can access through the comfort of your own home and ask any questions you have during our Q&A session. Don’t let stress control your life. Sign up for the workshop today and take the first step towards a happier and healthier you.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-effects-of-stress-on-our-body-tickets-553476542237

Resisting Oppression and Celebrating Your Values (Black History Month Special)

Date: 2nd February, 2023. Time: 2PM
Black Canadians and their communities have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator, and interpreter, whose presence in Canada dates back to the early 1600s. Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to the history and continued growth of this country. The role of Black Canadians and their communities in Canada must not be ignored as a key part of Canada’s history. Let us celebrate our values and remind ourselves of the need to fight racism and every act of oppression targeted at Blacks in our communities.
How to Build Healthy Relationships for Mental Wellbeing
Date:13th February, 2023.  Time: 3PM
Social connection and relationship building is a very important aspect of our survival
Healthy relationships will foster mental wellbeing. This workshop will reveal practical ways of making new connections and nurturing existing relationships for our emotional support. Meaningful relationship and social support will increase life expectancy, decrease the risk of depression, anxiety, obesity and suicidal ideations.
Akole: Ona ti A le fi Gbogun ti Idalaamu (How to deal with Distractions) (Yoruba)
Date: February 21st time 2PM
Idalaamu je òun tí a máa ń dojú kọ ní ọ̀pọ̀lọpọ̀ ìgbà laimo rárá.
Ó ṣe pàtàkì fún wa láti leè dá Idalaamu mo. Nínú idanileko yìí ao máa kọ bí a ṣe lè dá Idalaamu mo àti bí àṣẹ lè dènà re. Pápá julo bí àṣẹ lè mú inú ara wa dun nípa didin Idalaamu kú lojojumo.(Distraction comes subtly and we all experience it on a daily basis, many times we do not recognise it. We learn how to identify, avoid and fight distractions. We will gain skills that will enable us to reach our goals for 2023 as we deal with distractions.

عنوان ورک شاپ: مدیریت استرس، راهکارهای مقابله با استرس، نحوه مدیریت آن به زبان فارسی

مدیریت استرس مهمترین نیازی است که انسان باید در مورد آن بداند. استرس نحوه واکنش ماست وقتی که تحت فشار یا تهدید هستیم. معمولا زمانی اتفاق می افتد که در موقعیتی قرار می گیریم که احساس می کنیم نمی توانیم آن را مدیریت یا کنترل کنیم. در این کارگاه این آموزشی به این موضوع می پردازیم که استرس چیست؟ چرا مدیریت استرس مهم است؟ چگونه استرس را مدیریت کنید؟
Date: Wednesday Feb 22nd, 2023.
Time: 3 PM
Title: Stress management, ways to deal with stress, how to manage it in Farsi language
Description: Stress management is one the most important skills in life that people must acquire. Stress is how we react when we feel under pressure or threatened. It usually happens when we are in a situation that we don’t feel we can manage or control. In this workshop, we will be answering questions like, what is stress? Why is stress management important? How do you manage stress?
Building Resilience and Setting Achievable Goals for Mental Wellness (EO East and West)
Date: February, 27th, 2023. Time: 2pm

Resilience helps us develop mechanisms for protection against overwhelming experiences in life. How important is it to our mental wellbeing? How can we build resilience? This workshop will answer these questions and more on how to improve our survival skills and maintain mental stability. Setting achievable goals is very important for productivity and self-actualization, we shall also be learning how to set meaningful and achievable goals.

Eventbrite Link : https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-resilience-and-setting-achievable-goals-for-mental-wellness-eo-tickets-506734425307

Contact Us

If you have any questions on mental health and wellbeing supports provided by Skills for Change, please contact: 

Email: mentalhealth@skillsforchange.org