Social and peer support

Social and peer support resources to help you stay socially connected

Canada-wide
  • Heart & Stroke - Community of Survivors: Connect and talk with others living with heart disease or stroke. Our Community of Survivors Facebook group is a place where you can share experiences, quality information and tips for life after a diagnosis or stroke or cardiac event. You'll find social and emotional support in a safe, inclusive and respectful community. Sign up or learn more.
  • Charity Village: A listing of organizations across the country that provide assistance to those with disabilities.
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
  • Ottawa Heart Institute - The Virtual Care Program: An online system that uses best practices to help you take control of your heart health. It will help you understand your current health situation and motivate you to manage and improve the risk factors that impact your health and well-being. 
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness.
British Columbia
  • Stroke Recovery Association of BC: A listing of Stroke Recovery Branches in British Columbia that provide information and programs for stroke survivors.
  • Young Stroke Survivors Support Group: A group of stroke survivors aged between 19 and 65 who meet virtually to share achievements, challenges and frustrations.     
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support.
Alberta
Saskatchewan
  • North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre (NSILC): Community-based corporation promoting the independence of people with disabilities through many programs and resources.
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
  • Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities: Advocates for programs and services to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
  • Online Therapy Unit: A free internet delivered cognitive behaviour therapy program targeting those with chronic health conditions
Manitoba
Ontario
  • Acclaim Health - Tele-Touch: Tele-Touch provides reassuring telephone contact to isolated seniors and physically challenged adults.
  • Silver Circle West Toronto Services for Seniors: Assistance and social support to seniors, caregivers and people with disability
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
  • Canadian Red Cross - Scarborough Drop-in Centre: This centre provides a comfortable space to decrease social isolation and assist individuals with a variety of needs.
  • Peer Support Group for Stroke Survivors - Peer support for stroke survivors over the phone offered by the Champlain Regional Stroke Network. You are welcome to join the monthly calls if you or your loved one has had a stroke and you live in the Champlain LHIN. Call Michelle at 613-798-5555 ext 18575 for more information and to register.
  • The Healthline: Enter your community name or a postal code to find health and community services in Ontario.
  • Women @ Heart Program: A peer support program led by women with heart disease, for women with heart disease that aims to create a caring environment for women to learn from each other and support one another on the road to recovery. 
Quebec
  • Neuro-Patient Resource Centre: This organization can help people to find good, reliable, up-to-date information on neurological diseases, disorders and treatments. The Centre is also able to give away information on resources at the MUHC and in the community.
  • Centre d’Action: Action Centre is a bilingual and multicultural non-profit community organization whose mission is to provide structured activities that promote the social inclusion and active participation of adults with severe and permanent motor and/or cognitive limitations.
  • The Heart and Stroke Living with Stroke™ program Quebec: Living with Stroke™ is a community-based support and educational program designed for stroke survivors and their care partners.
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
New Brunswick
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
  • Canadian Red Cross - Telephone Reassurance Program: The Canadian Red Cross offers a unique two-tiered social inclusion and wellness check program to adults living in New Brunswick.
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority - Your Way to Wellness Program: The Program is designed to help those with chronic conditions learn skills to live a healthier life.
  • March of Dimes Canada - After Stroke: A program connects you with a network of support from Hospital to Home & Home to Community. Programs include Hospital Visitation, Home and Vehicle Modification, Assistive Devices, Aphasia Programs, Conductive Education®, and Peer Support groups. Click on the link or call 1-888-540-6666 for more information and support. 
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland & Labrador
Nunavut
  • Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help: Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling for Northerners in crisis.
Northwest Territories
  • Health and Social Services - The NWT Help Line: The NWT Help Line offers confidential support to residents of the Northwest Territories, 24/7. They offer counselling, group sessions, and follow-ups with a Care Coach.
    1-800-661-0844
  • NWT Seniors Society - Seniors’ Information Line: Information Line is a single point of entry for seniors and elders across the NWT. The service is provided through telephone access which is located in the Yellowknife office. If you have a problem and want to talk confidentially and anonymously, call: 867-920-7444 or toll free: 1-800-661-0878
Yukon

 

Peer support Facebook groups
  • Young Stroke Survivors: A group for stroke survivors under the age of 55 to connect to other stroke survivors.
  • Stroke Talk for Facebook: Stroke Talk strives to provide compassionate and caring support. Offers information, tips and friendships.
  • The Stroke Coffee House: The stroke coffee house is a place for stroke survivors , caregivers, family and friends or anyone to come together and talk about their experiences.
  • Stroke Survivor: A group of stroke survivors and other people with disabilities supporting each other in their aim to seek better lives.
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