COPE Mental Health Support Groups

Please note: In response to COVID-19, In-Person Support Groups are temporarily suspended. Telephone and Virtual Support Groups are ongoing.


COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Excellence) is a unique community-based mental health service provided by Community Care Durham (CCD) that offers support to adults aged 16 and older, with emotional and/or mental health concerns. Established in 1976, our goal is to assist clients to remain in their community, to function as effectively as possible, and maximize their quality of life.

  • There is no fee for COPE services.


COPE Mental Health Wellness Workshops

Free workshop focusing on Mind-Body Connection! Join Rose Birt online on August 18th for a 2-hour discussion on what this connection means to our individual well-being and how we can improve this connection within ourselves! Learn More
RSVP by August 11, please email rbirt@communitycaredurham.on.ca or call 905-668-4552 to receive the link.

Thank you for your interest. Registrations for the July 30th Wellness Workshop are now full. Please watch for future events.

Free workshop focusing on the importance of wellness! Join us online on July 30th for a 2-hour workshop to learn more about wellness and self-care and how to better manage various life stressors. Learn More
RSVP by July 28, please email estephen@communitycaredurham.on.ca or call 905-985-8237 to receive the link.



“For me being able to connect with my COPE group during this time has allowed me to keep on track with my mental health. Being very isolated during COVID 19 has made the COPE groups something for me to look forward to. The telephone COPE group has allowed me to feel connected to others during a time like this and being able to hear others sadly feeling the same way I do, brings some relaxation to me that it’s not only me feeling this way. My mental health has really impacted my life negativity the past couple of years and i really appreciate the cope group reacting out during a time like this and finding ways for us to still connect to one another.”
– COPE client


“I took part in the phone conference tonight. When I heard the other participants who have lost loved ones and who were experiencing similar feelings as myself I came to realize I was not alone in my grief. This experience provided me with some comfort and I hope to take part in the next session.”
– COPE client


“Thank you for connecting us once again. Now more than ever, maintaining our connections is key to the stability and/or betterment of our mental health. Too often physical distancing can lead to isolation and for many of us, isolation can be deadly. Thank you for giving us a way to break this possibility.”
– COPE client



Who Leads Cope Mental Health Support Groups

Trained volunteers with various backgrounds and lived experiences, supported by CCD’s COPE staff, facilitate groups for clients, and caregivers across Durham Region.


What Do The Mental Health Support Groups Focus On

Support groups are focused on education/social recreation, coping skills, depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress management and overall wellness.

  • Anxiety and Depression Support
  • Anxiety & Depression Workshops
  • Anxiety Support Groups
  • Depression Support Groups
  • Bereavement Support Groups
  • Bipolar Support Groups
  • Wellness & Topic Oriented Workshops
  • Men’s Wellness Groups
  • Women’s Wellness Groups
  • Social Recreation Groups
  • Outdoor Wellness/Nature Support Groups
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • New Leaf Day Program- in partnership with Durham Mental Health Services and Lakeridge Health ACT
  • “Let’s Talk About…” – a monthly health and wellness talks from various organizations in Durham Region

COPE Mental Health Support Groups are provided on a variety of days and at a variety of times in order to best meet client needs.


How Can I Join A COPE Mental Health Support Group?

We accept referrals from a wide variety of community sources including self-referrals, referrals from family physicians, psychiatrists, community mental health services, social services-based case management programs, and hospital crisis services.

  • Once a referral is processed, an assessment is completed to determine service initiation. We take great pride in responding to client needs in an approachable and non-threatening manner.
  • To download the Referral Form, please click on the link below:
    COPE Referral Form



Learn More

COPE also can connect clients with the other integrated community support services offered by Community Care Durham and our partners to support people to live independently in their own homes.

If you would like to receive more information about CCD’s COPE Mental Health Support Groups, please call us at 1-888-255-6680 or contact a Community Care Durham office nearest you.

  • To download a COPE flyer, please click on the link below:
    COPE Flyer