Adult and Children Support Groups

Adult & Children Virtual Support Groups

Support Groups at Gilda's

Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto is currently offering 8-week virtual support groups. Our support groups are run by mental health professionals who have a strong understanding of the unique needs of individuals who have been impacted by cancer. We aim to support the whole family by providing support groups for children and adults support.

Please note support groups are not operated on a drop-in basis. We encourage commitment to the entire 8-week session. A commitment to the group helps to build community and allows for topics and conversations to be built on week by week.

These groups are run through Zoom and require the following to participate; computer, phone, or tablet with a camera, internet connection, and a private room without distraction.

How to Access Gilda’s Club Support Groups:

In order to attend a support group, you must be a member and be pre-approved to attend a support group by one of our Program Staff.

If you are not yet a member, please click here to learn more about our membership process.

If you are already a member, you can call 416-214-9898 and ask to get in contact with Program Staff in order to register for a support group.

Adult Virtual Support Groups Fall 2020:

20s & 30s Support Group

Monday at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9

A support group for young adults in their 20s & 30s who are living with cancer. This group is an opportunity to connect with others and share your experiences while discussing topics of interest including: dating & sex, education, employment & career, spirituality, the healthcare system, fertility and relationships.

Friends & Family Support Group

Wednesday at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11

A support group for any friends or family members who have a loved one with a cancer diagnosis. This group may touch upon such topics as: managing at home, alternative or complementary treatments, healthy lifestyle choices, and dealing with emotions. This group also has a focus on the self-care of the family member or friend.

Transitions: From Recovery to Wellness

Thursday at 3:00pm - 4:30pm

September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12

For members who have completed treatment and are looking for new skills and strategies for re-integrating into a new sense of normal.

Adult Bereavement

Thursday at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12

This group is a chance for individuals to come and share their experiences of loss with others who have lost a friend or family member to cancer. This is a meaningful, therapeutic group that encourages participants to explore and share their experiences and feelings around their grief. Topics may include: guilt/anger, packing up possessions and keeping memories, triggers, and self-care.

Living with Cancer Support Group

Friday at 3:00pm - 4:30pm

September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13

A group for individuals who are living with a cancer diagnosis. This group welcomes individuals who have been newly diagnosed or who are up to 18 months post-treatment. Topics in this group may discuss include: the healthcare system, side effects from treatment, healthy food and exercise options, dealing with different emotions, strategies for interacting with your medical team and any other topic which is of interest to the group’s members.

Children & Youth Virtual Support Groups:

Teen Talk

Tuesday at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

September 22, 29, October 6, 9, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10

Find your voice, and community peer connection, in this safe, no-pressure environment. This group is intended for teens whose lives have been touched by cancer. The Teen Program was created to provide professional, trusted support for the youth in our community during and after a family member’s cancer experience. While developing supportive peer relationships, the teens will engage in discussions related to their experiences with cancer, associated feelings, identity development, and healthy coping strategies.

Kids Grieve Too

Tuesday at 6:00pm – 7:00pm

September 22, 29, October 6, 9, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10

Kids Grieve Too is a weekly adult-led peer support group for kids aged 4-12 who are remembering someone who has died of cancer. This group will give them a chance to talk with other kids about cancer and death, and how it has affected them and their family. Using a variety of activities, children are able to receive support, ask questions, express difficult feelings and share common experiences with other kids who have experienced a similar loss.

Kids Talk Out

Wednesday at 6:00pm – 7:00pm

September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11

Kids Talk Out is for children who currently have someone in their life who has cancer. This program aims to reach young people living with cancer in the family by offering an adult-led peer support program for children ages 4 to 12. Using a variety of art activities, engaging games and interactive fun, children are able ask questions, express difficult feelings, and share common experiences.