Program focus: Abuse, Behaviour Difficulty, LGBT, Mental Health, Nutrition, School, Sex Work, Trauma more…

The What’s Up Walk-In® Clinic is Toronto’s only free, six day a week mental health counselling walk-in service for children, youth, young adults, and families. The clinic helps with issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, sexual identity matters, bullying, behavioural concerns, addictions, and anything else that might be on one’s mind. All the information you provide is confidential.

Therapists offer single sessions up to an hour long. We don’t judge. We will support you in your concerns and work collaboratively with you. The focus is on abilities, resources, and skills that you have, or you want to develop. Together we will target a priority concern and develop a plan with you that you feel comfortable with. If you feel you need more help, you can come back to the What’s Up Walk-In. All our therapists are clinically trained.

The clinic is barrier free, and accessible. No health card or appointment is necessary and it’s completely free!  The What’s Up Walk-In network is a collection of 6 agencies operating at 8 sites across the City of Toronto.

Hours of service

In-person Sessions at Strides Toronto (as of March 1, 2024)
Monday – Thursday, 12 PM – 8 PM
Friday, 12 PM – 5 PM
Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM
Location: 1200 Markham Road, Suite 200, Scarborough

Virtual Sessions
Friday, 2 PM – 8 PM

To be connected to a counsellor for a telephone or video session, call us at 416-438-3697 press 1 and then enter ext. 12230 for reception.

  • Registration closed 1h 30 mins prior to the end of in-person service hours.
  • No appointment is necessary; first come, first served.
  • Face masks are recommended for in-person sessions.
  • Services closed on statutory holidays.

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Program focus: Immigration, Skill Development, Socializing

The NYEP program has some amazing things planned for the summer of 2024. 

 📌Please note that priority for free trips to Canada’s Wonderland and more will be given to the youth who are regularly attending program. 

#youth #newcomeryouth #newcomer #permanentresident #conventionrefugee #canadaswonderland #torontoislands #beachday #summer2024 #freeprogram #free #stridestoronto #youthengagement

The NYEP program has some amazing things planned for the summer of 2024.

📌Please note that priority for free trips to Canada’s Wonderland and more will be given to the youth who are regularly attending program.

#youth #newcomeryouth #newcomer #permanentresident #conventionrefugee #canadaswonderland #torontoislands #beachday #summer2024 #freeprogram #free #stridestoronto #youthengagement

Check out this reel from our Spring Lantern Wellness program this month! 🏮🌸🌺🌱🌷🌼🏮

Our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is offered to youth 12-21 years old who hold either a PR or Convention Refugee status. This program allows youth to explore and get to know Canada hands on through engaging trips, on site activities/sessions that includes volunteer opportunities, employment readiness support and mental health support.   
We believe that this program is suited to support and welcome newcomer youth to Canada in a fun and engaging way. Additionally, it will help with adapting to Canadian culture and in making new friends that may be going through similar experiences.

Message us to see how you can be part of our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program!

Check out this reel from our Spring Lantern Wellness program this month! 🏮🌸🌺🌱🌷🌼🏮

Our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is offered to youth 12-21 years old who hold either a PR or Convention Refugee status. This program allows youth to explore and get to know Canada hands on through engaging trips, on site activities/sessions that includes volunteer opportunities, employment readiness support and mental health support.   
We believe that this program is suited to support and welcome newcomer youth to Canada in a fun and engaging way. Additionally, it will help with adapting to Canadian culture and in making new friends that may be going through similar experiences.

Message us to see how you can be part of our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program!

Here’s a fun capture from our Bowling Program earlier this month!!! 🤩🩶🎳🎳🩶🤩

Our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is offered to youth 12-21 years old who hold either a PR or Convention Refugee status. 

This program allows you-th to explore and get to know Canada hands on through engaging trips, on site activities/sessions that includes volunteer opportunities, employment readiness support and mental health support.   
We believe that this program is suited to support and welcome newcomer youth to Canada in a fun and engaging way. 
Additionally, it will help with adapting to Canadian culture and in making new friends that may be going through similar experiences.
Send us a DM with any questions you have on how to join. 
🤓😎😁

Here’s a fun capture from our Bowling Program earlier this month!!! 🤩🩶🎳🎳🩶🤩

Our Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is offered to youth 12-21 years old who hold either a PR or Convention Refugee status.

This program allows you-th to explore and get to know Canada hands on through engaging trips, on site activities/sessions that includes volunteer opportunities, employment readiness support and mental health support.   
We believe that this program is suited to support and welcome newcomer youth to Canada in a fun and engaging way.
Additionally, it will help with adapting to Canadian culture and in making new friends that may be going through similar experiences.
Send us a DM with any questions you have on how to join.
🤓😎😁

BIGGG SHOUTOUT to our AMAZING NYEP YOUTH for taking a recipe and getting super creative with it.  Check out these delicious chocolate dates 🍫🥰 #youth #cookingprogram #newcomeryouth #stridestoronto #mentalhealth

BIGGG SHOUTOUT to our AMAZING NYEP YOUTH for taking a recipe and getting super creative with it. Check out these delicious chocolate dates 🍫🥰 #youth #cookingprogram #newcomeryouth #stridestoronto #mentalhealth

The Newcomer Youth Engagement Program is for youth ages 12 to 21 who are immigrants to Canada and are permanent residents or conventional refugees. The program provides free activities every month that include volunteer opportunities, sports events, workshops and trips around Toronto.

The Newcomer Program offers two types of service:

  1. Orientation
    This program provides information on mental health services and social skills training to help newcomer youth and their families with the settlement process.  The importance of positive mental health and mental health stigma are discussed and connected to the immigration experience.  Information and strategies are explored through innovative and out of the box practices.  The Orientation stream also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various mental health topics.
  2. Welcoming Communities
    This program provides newcomer youth and their families with the support, skills and training they need during the settlement process. Newcomer youth receive leadership and mentorship training.  They also receive homework help and educational supports to ensure they do well in school and develop employment skills.  Program workers focus on providing youth with information, skills and knowledge to help them adapt, settle, and integrate into Canadian life.  Workshops on topics such as communication and social skills, cross-cultural and diversity skills, and navigation on public transit are provided.  The Welcoming Communities program also provides training to service providers and/or youth in schools and other community agencies on various settlement topics.

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Program focus: Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, Multimedia, School, Sex Work, Trauma more…

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place.

We provide youth aged 12 – 25 with a range of services to address needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing, and other social services. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where youth can access support, connect with peers, and engage in activities that promote wellness.

When you first get connected to our Youth Wellness Hub, we will help you identify which service is the best fit for your needs.

Meet our integrated care team:

  • Harm Reduction Counselling
    If you need support reducing harm and improving well-being in relation to substance use, counsellors are available to provide you with guidance and tools to help you navigate through life while making safer and informed decisions.
  • Counselling
    Therapists are available to help you explore your emotions, gain insights into your behaviours and thoughts and provide helpful strategies that you can implement in your daily life. Whether you want to talk about anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, coping with trauma or managing stress, our counsellors will listen and support you in enhancing your emotional well-being.
  • Peer Support
    Peer support workers provide support, guidance and understanding through their shared experience of navigating mental health services. Peer support is offered in both individual and group settings.
  • Care Navigation
    Care navigators will work with you to set and achieve goals in areas such as health, mental health, employment, education, housing, and more. They will also help you to navigate social service and healthcare systems to find the best options for you.
  • Health Services
    Our nurse practitioners can provide you with short term clinical care including physical, mental, and sexual health. They are here to help you with needs such as managing medications, discussing birth control options, referring to specialists and more. If recommended by one of our providers, a psychiatric consultation is also available to help with diagnosis, treatment plans, and medication management.

A proud partner of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Care Navigation – Community Resources Drop In

Toronto East YWHO Poster

Toronto East YWHO Referral Form (for service providers)

Program focus: Abuse, Employment, Housing, Legal, LGBT, Mental Health, Multimedia, School, Sex Work, Trauma more…

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) is an initiative that aims to bring the right services to youth (and their families) at the right time and in the right place.

We provide youth aged 12 – 25 with a range of services to address needs related to mental health, substance use, primary care, education, employment, housing, and other social services. We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where youth can access support, connect with peers, and engage in activities that promote wellness.

When you first get connected to our Youth Wellness Hub, we will help you identify which service is the best fit for your needs.

Meet our integrated care team:

  • Nurse Practitioner
    Our Nurse Practitioner provides primary care and transitional clinical care related to physical, mental and sexual health. They can support you with clarifying a diagnosis, creating treatment plans, prescribing and managing medication and making referrals to specialized health services.
  • Care Navigation
    Care navigators will work with you to set and achieve goals in areas such as health, mental health, employment, education, housing, and more. They will also help you to navigate social service and healthcare systems to find the best options for you.
  • Counselling
    Therapists are available to help you explore your emotions, gain insights into your behaviours and thoughts and provide helpful strategies that you can implement in your daily life. Whether you want to talk about anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationships, coping with trauma or managing stress, our counsellors will listen and support you in enhancing your emotional well-being.
  • Peer Support
    Peer support workers provide support, guidance and understanding through their shared experience of navigating mental health services. Peer support is offered in both individual and group settings.
  • Harm Reduction
    If you need support reducing harm and improving well-being in relation to substance use, counsellors are available to provide you with guidance and tools to help you navigate through life while making safer and informed decisions.

A proud partner of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario

Scarborough Youth Wellness Hub Referral Form (for service providers)

Program focus: LGBT, Multimedia, Socializing

The Zone Youth Space is a place where youth can come to create, connect, learn and inspire!

Created in partnership with Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, The Zone Youth Spaces provides a dedicated space for youth, consistent staff, and programming tailored to a variety of youth interests.

The Zone Youth Space offers free programming 6 days a week, that includes after-school youth drop in, employment and leadership workshops, homework help, multimedia programming, and more. The space is equipped with video games, board games, a pool table, foosball, computers, and free WiFi.

For more information, contact Jessica Myers at jessica.myers@stridestoronto.ca

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