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
    • Storytelling
      In this workshop participants will learn the basics that will give them the tools to craft their own personal story. When we adjust the story we tell ourselves about our life, we have the possibility to bring about positive change and improved mental health. In a safe and supportive environment, the 6-8 minute story participants create will be shared and gentle feedback given. Click here to view the event poster.
    • Weekly on Thursdays from Jan. 7 – Feb. 25, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.,
    • Developing a Healthy Self-esteem
      Healthy self-esteem is thinking about ourselves and our worth in a balanced way. Join us to learn how to develop realistic expectations, balance self-evaluations and engage in helpful behaviour. Click here to view the event poster.
      Weekly on Tuesdays from Jan. 12 – Feb. 16, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Procrastination
      Procrastination is a common part of human behaviour. Often people mistake procrastination for “laziness”. Join us to better understand procrastination and learn how to implement strategies to get important tasks done.Weekly on Tuesdays from Jan. 12 – Feb 16, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. 
    • Social Recreation: Cards & Games
      Join us online for fun, laughter, and relaxation while playing Bingo (1pm), Euchre (2pm) and Dominoes (3pm). Connecting with others can help to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety while increasing healthier lives! 
      Weekly on Thursdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
    • Morning Wellness Group
      Join us every Friday morning to gently wake up and greet your day. Topics of wellness will be discussed, as well as monthly presenters on the first Friday of every month. Click here to view the event poster.
    • Weekly on Friday starting Jan. 8, of the month, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
    • 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. 
      Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Anxiety and Depression Workshop
      Join us for our 10-week workshop to learn new skills! We discuss various topics including: Anxiety, Depression, Self-Care, Boosting Self-Esteem, Self-Compassion, Emotions and Negative Self-Talk, Goal Setting and Meditation.
      Weekly on Mondays from Jan. 18 – March 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Self-Compassion Workshop
    • 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. Click here to view the event poster.
      Weekly on Tuesdays from March 2 – April 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Self-Care Workshop
      Good self-care is vital for building resilience toward stressors in our lives, and improving the relationship with ourselves and others. Join us to learn more about how to implement self-care practices to improve your overall wellbeing.
      Weekly on Tuesdays from March 2 – April 13, 12 p.m. 1 p.m.
    • New Leaf Day Program
      In partnership with Durham Mental Health Services and Lakeridge Health ACT.

COPE Mental Health Psycho-Educational Groups

These 45-minute groups run every Monday at 11am and 12pm. They are focused on providing learning through information sharing and the development of life and coping skills to support mental and emotional well-being. Please email bcatalano@communitycaredurham.on.ca to register for any of these groups.

Upcoming Topics:

  • Journaling (January 18th)
  • Mindfulness (January 25th)
  • Nutrition & Mental Health (February 1st)
  • Emotional Reasoning (February 8th)
  • Positive Qualities (February 22nd)

COPE “Let’s Talk About…”

A health and wellness talk from various presenters and organizations in Durham Region. You do not need to be a registered COPE client to attend our Let’s Talk About events (unless otherwise indicated). Please email bcatalano@communitycaredurham.on.ca to register for any of these events.

Upcoming Presenters:

  • Loretta Tanner from Alzheimer’s Society (January 19th, 6pm-8pm): Loretta’s discussion will be focused on age-related changes, impact on the brain and memory, resilience, tips to enhance memory – including tips and strategies for coping with memory problems.
  • Lindsay Slater, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (February 16th, 6pm – 8 pm): Lindsay will be discussing the history of CBT, how it works, its benefits, and more! Join us to learn about this form of talk therapy that can help you break free from negative thought patterns and improve your mental wellbeing. Click here to view the event poster.

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