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Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

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But you don't just take.
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Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre

The Parkdale Women’s Leadership Group aims to create a monthly community-led drop-in space for peer-to-peer mental health training, support, and resources. Parkdale has the highest rates of hospitalization for mental health in the West Toronto sub-region, yet there is a lack of training for community members to know how to respond when someone is in crisis or how to support oneself through self-care. With the rise of violence and mental health crises in the city, the community needs to build alternatives to police interventions through community-based response training. Parkdale already provides many institutional supports for mental health through organizations such as the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, but there are limited spaces for community-driven, peer-based emotional support and recovery.