Programs & Services

Learning Together Women’s Depression Group

COSTI's Learning Together Women's Depression Group is an open psycho-educational support group offered to Italian-speaking women diagnosed with depression. Learning Together offers women support, information on symptom management, and culturally tailored interventions to cope with depression. This gives women the opportunity to develop a support network, learn coping skills and reduce their isolation. Women can be referred through their family physicians or community health providers. Self referrals are accepted.

Services Available

  • Individual screening assessment
  • Individual counselling
  • Ongoing supportive group counselling
  • Crisis counselling

Who is Eligible

Services are available to all Italian Canadian women residing in the Greater Toronto area and York Region.

Times

Groups run every other Thursday. 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

This Program is Located at:

Family and Mental Health Services
Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 105
Toronto, Ontario
M3L 1B2
Phone: 416.244.7714
Fax: 416.244.7299
famcounselling@costi.org

There is $20.00 annual fee associated with the service.

Learning Together is funded by the United Way of Greater Toronto.

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Symptoms of Depression

The chief symptom of depression is sad, despairing mood that persists beyond 2 weeks and impairs a person’s level of functioning where it becomes difficult to cope with day-to-day activities.

Symptoms of Depression include:

  • Significant changes in appetite and weight over a short period of time


  • Sleep problems; sleeping too little or too much


  • Loss of interest in work, hobbies, people


  • Feelings of uselessness, hopelessness, excessive guilt


  • Preoccupation with failure(s) or inadequacies


  • Agitation or loss of energy

  • Slowed thinking, forgetfulness, trouble
    concentrating and making decisions


  • Decreased sexual drive


  • Tendency to cry easily, or having the urge to cry but unable to do so


  • Excessive concern about physical complaints


  • Thoughts of death and/or harming self


  • At times, a loss of touch with reality, perhaps hearing voices (hallucinations) or having strange ideas (delusions)

How do I know I'm suffering from Depression?

Depression has been used to describe a state of unhappiness, feelings of sadness, and as a despairing mood. It is common for everyone to experience feelings of sadness or having, what is normally referred to as, the “blues.” Having a depressed mood is a normal reaction following a disappointment or a loss or following a traumatic event that is short term, and one’s mood lifts fairly quickly. However, depression is also used to describe a psychiatric illness and is, therefore, much more severe than simply unhappiness. Clinical depression is a “major mood disorder” where a person’s emotional state is abnormally low or sad and where it impairs one’s level of everyday functioning (i.e., family, occupational, personal, and social functioning).

Depression can occur at any time in a person’s life. Depression is one of the most common mental health problems. It is estimated that up to 15% of the population will be treated with depression at some point in their lifetime. Major Depression can occur in 10 - 25% of women and 5 - 12% of men. Studies show that approximately 15% of those over 65 experience symptoms of depression that cause them distress and make it hard for them to function.

Other Services/Resources

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
Toll-free: 1.800.875.6213

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
416.535.8501

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
416.486.8046 or 1.888.486.8236

National Foundation for Depressive Illness
1.800.239.1265 or www.depression.org