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Online therapy groups bring accessible mental health services to youth in Toronto

Planned Parenthood Toronto launches Canada’s first online therapy groups for youth

 Toronto, ON, February 20, 2013 – Planned Parenthood Toronto launches new online therapy groups that let youth connect with a trained therapist, as well as other youth struggling with the same issues, in a free and confidential online environment.

 A first in Canada, these online therapy groups are a new way of delivering service, reaching youth who might not otherwise be able to access mental health services due to barriers such as transportation, time, and parental limitations. The three initial online therapy groups being offered by Planned Parenthood Toronto focus on managing anxiety, coping with depression, and building self-empowerment and healthy relationships.

Mental health is an important component of health for youth. According to The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada, 2011: Youth and Young Adults – Life in Transition, most mental illnesses begin in adolescence or early adulthood and can then influence a person’s health and well-being throughout the rest of their lives. Early intervention is critical, yet there are not enough free mental health services available to meet the needs of youth in Toronto. The launch of these online therapy groups is one of the ways Planned Parenthood Toronto is innovating to meet the needs of youth.

“Online therapy groups for youth are a unique way to meet a pressing need using technology that’s increasingly integrated into people’s lives, particularly the lives of youth,” said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, “We saw this as a way to increase access to mental health services and to help meet the needs of youth who might never be able to walk through our doors. It’s important to us at Planned Parenthood Toronto to be on the cutting edge of using new technology to offer innovative programming and services.”
Part of Planned Parenthood Toronto’s Health Services, the new online therapy groups are just one way that youth in Toronto can access health care and information that will make a positive difference in their lives. Planned Parenthood Toronto also offers primary care, sexual health and mental health services at 36B Prince Arthur Avenue, as well as a sexual health website and peer education service for teens through www.teenhealthsource.com.
Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency that provides programs and services promoting healthy sexuality, reproductive health and informed decision-making to youth (aged 13-29) and women in the City of Toronto.

Registration for the online therapy groups is still open and youth aged 18-29 can register by contacting Roberta at rtimothy@ppt.on.ca or 416-961-0113 ext. 184.

 

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Teens in Toronto can now text their way to accurate sexual health information

Planned Parenthood Toronto launches Canada’s first personalized sexual health texting service for teens

Toronto, ON, May 9, 2012 – Planned Parenthood Toronto launched a new text messaging service this spring that lets teens connect directly with trained peer volunteers for personalized answers to their sexual health questions.

A first in Canada, the text messaging service is targeted to youth aged 13-19 and provides reliable sexual health information directly to teens through their mobile phones. Teens can anonymously text questions about relationships, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, puberty, or other sexual health topics to 647-933-5399 and receive answers from peer volunteers.

A key feature of this new service is that it allows for back-and-forth text conversations between teens and peer volunteers. This means that teens have the opportunity to seek clarification if there’s anything they don’t understand or to ask further questions.

“We’re incredibly excited to launch this new service because we know that texting is popular among teens,” said Sarah Hobbs-Blyth, Executive Director, “It became clear that texting is something we needed to offer to make it easier for teens to get sexual information they need and can trust to be accurate. It’s important to us at Planned Parenthood Toronto to be on the cutting edge of using new technology to offer innovative programming and services.”

Part of Planned Parenthood Toronto’s Teen Health Source, the new texting service is just one way that teens can become informed so they can make choices that work for them. Teen Health Source includes a comprehensive new sexual health website at www.teenhealthsource.com as well as peer education services. Teens can reach peer volunteers directly by text at 647-933-5399, by phone at 416-961-3200, and by email or MSN instant messenger at teenhealthsource@ppt.on.ca. Volunteers are available to answer questions 5 days a week, on Monday to Wednesday from 4-9pm and Saturday to Sunday from 12-6pm.

Planned Parenthood Toronto is a community-based, pro-choice agency that provides programs and services promoting healthy sexuality, reproductive health and informed decision-making to youth (aged 13-29) and women in the City of Toronto.

 

 

 

 


 

TODAY'S DROP-IN UPDATE: 

In an effort to improve access to appointments,  we are making more appointments available this month by changing some of our drop-in hours to booked appointment hours. Please see below for our current drop-in hours.

Regular Drop-In Hours

Monday:          4:00PM - 7:30PM (Drop-in will be from 4pm-7:30pm on Monday April 14th, and Tuesday, April 15th, 2014.  Registrations will start at 3:30pm. There will be 1 clinician working in drop-in on both days).

Tuesday:        4:00PM- 7:30PM (Drop-in will be from 4pm-7:30pm on Monday April 14th, and Tuesday, April 15th, 2014. Registrations will start at 3:30pm. There will be 1 clinician working in drop-in on both days).

Wednesday:   NO DROP-IN (BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY)

Thursday:        1:00PM - 7:30PM 

Friday :            NO DROP-IN (BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY)

Saturday         10:00AM - 2:00PM* 

*Sexual Health Matters Only

Note: Drop-in hours are subject to change. Check our daily update at the top of this column for today's info.As well, during drop-in, clients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, spots are limited, and we begin taking numbers 30 minutes before our drop-in hours begin. If you are coming in after drop-in has started, we recommend that you call ahead to ensure we still have space. To ask about drop-in availability or to book an appointment, call:

 416-961-0113 x. 121

Unfortunately, we are unable to book appointments through e-mail. If you wish to book an appointment, you must call the number above.

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Client Access Line - 416-961-0113 x165

If you are already registered as a PPT Client and just need a question answered by a clinician, you can call our Client Access Line at 416-961-0113 (Extension 165) to speak directly with a PPT clinician! Our Client Access Line runs weekday mornings (Monday-Friday) from 11:00AM - 11:45AM and Monday-Thursday in the evening from 7:15PM - 8:00PM.

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 Clinic Hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:30-8:00
Wednesday: 9:30-12:00;4:00-8:00
Friday: 9:30-4:00
Saturday: 10:00-2:00

 The clinic is located at

36B Prince Arthur Ave., Toronto, ON
M5R 1A9 Canada [
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