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.


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

Our support groups are focused on education, community connection, and practicing the coping skills you need to improve your mental health. We offer:

  • Anxiety and Depression Support
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Depression Support Groups
  • Bipolar Support Groups
  • Bereavement Support Groups
  • Anxiety Support Groups
  • Men’s Wellness Groups
  • Women’s Wellness Groups
  • Chronic Pain Support


COPE Mental Health Specialized Support Groups and Wellness Workshops
  • Self-Compassion
    Join us online to learn practical skills to help you be less critical and more compassionate towards yourself! Self-compassion involves being aware of our own pain and suffering, and understanding that this is hard, but is a normal human experience. Learn More
    Weekly on Tuesdays from Nov. 3 – Dec. 15, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., please email bcatalano@communitycaredurham.on.ca to receive the link.
  • Developing a Healthy Self-esteem
    Join us online to learn how to develop realistic expectations, balance self-evaluations and engage in helpful behaviour! You will learn strategies to adjust your negative core beliefs, unhelpful rules and assumptions. Learn More
    Weekly on Tuesdays from Sept. 15 – Oct. 27, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., please email bcatalano@communitycaredurham.on.ca to receive the link.
  • Social Recreation: Cards & Games
    Join us online for fun, laughter, and relaxation while playing Bingo, Euchre and Dominos. Connecting with others can help to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety while increasing healthier lives! Learn More
    Every Thursday, 1 p.m. Bingo – 2 p.m. Euchre, please email bcatalano@communitycaredurham.on.ca to receive the link.
  • Calling All Caregivers
    Join Community Care Durham’s COPE Mental Health team in partnership with the Adult Day Program, to discuss your experiences and concerns, as well as learn new strategies for self-care with fellow caregivers. Learn More
    Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 2 – 3:30 p.m., please email ljaipaul@communitycaredurham.on.ca or call 905-837-5709 to receive the link.
  • Let’s Talk About… COPE Presentations
    A monthly health and wellness talk from various presenters and organizations in Durham Region:
  • Borderline Personality Disorder – Join Valéry Brosseau online for a 2-hour discussion about Borderline Personality Disorder, which can be a challenge for those living with it. Learn More
    November 17, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., please email rbirt@communitycaredurham.on.ca to receive the link.

  • New Leaf Day Program
    In partnership with Durham Mental Health Services and Lakeridge Health ACT.
  • Anxiety and Depression Workshops
    8-10 week sessions, held multiple times a year.
  • Self-Care and Self-Esteem Workshops

COPE Mental Health Support Groups are provided Mon-Fri and are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening in order to best meet client needs.



From our COPE members:
“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


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 and to find a COPE group that is right and comfortable for you.
  • We take great pride in providing a safe, non-judgmental and accepting environment for you to get the support you need.
  • 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.
  • To download the Referral Form, please click on the link below:
    COPE Referral Form


Learn More

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