Adult & Children Support Groups
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto offers 9-week groups three times a year. 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 that run concurrently with the adult support groups.
Please note support groups are not operated on a drop-in basis. We encourage commitment to the entire 9-week or 10-week session. A commitment to the group helps to build community and allows for topics and conversations to be built on week by week.
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.
Tuesday Night Adult and Children Support Groups:Upcoming Dates
Winter Session 2018: January 8- March 5, 2019
Spring Session 2018: April 2- May 28, 2019
Friends & Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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.
Living with Cancer Support Group
Tuesdays at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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.
Kids Talk Out
Tuesdays at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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.*Please note that Kids Talk Out will take a break for the summer months and will resume in October. Please check out our free summer day camp, Camp in the City!
Transitions: From Recovery to Wellness
Tuesdays at 4:00pm - 5:30pm
For members who have completed treatment and are looking for new skills and strategies for re-integrating into a new sense of normal.
Thursday Night Adult and Children Support Groups:Upcoming Dates
Winter Session 2018: January 10- March 7, 2019
Spring Session 2018: April 4- June 30, 2019
Thursdays at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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.
Kids Grieve Too
Thursdays at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
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.*Please note that Kids Talk Grieve Too will take a break for the summer months and will resume in October. Please check out our free summer day camp, Camp in the City!
20s & 30s Support Group
See Calendar for current date, Alternate Thursdays at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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, parenting & clinical trials.