Support Groups

Support Groups are facilitated to ensure that discussions remain safe and supportive.

 Open Groups

No registration required.

Getting Grounded

This open support group is based on the philosophy that no matter where you are in your journey to recovery, having a positive, supportive, and safe place to share your challenges (and successes!) with the intention of getting well again, is vital in the healing process. Each week we discuss our ‘eating disordered thinking’ and explore and share ways to develop healthy coping strategies and supports to help us overcome our challenges on our journey to wellness.

The group runs from 6:30 to 8:00 every Thursday evening. Individuals are encouraged to arrive a bit early to settle in and meet others.

Key Benefits:

  • Support
  • Coping Strategies/Techniques
  • No judgement
  • Being with others who understand
  • Hope
  • Life skills: Communication, self-awareness, open-mindedness, taking on challenges, adaptability and more.

Western University Support Group:

Due to changing circumstances, this discussion group will no longer be occurring for the remainder of the Winter 2017 term. We anticipate to start back up during the Fall 2017 school term. If you have any questions or are seeking additional information about this discussion group, please call 519-434-7721.  We apologize for any inconvenience and are putting in every effort to improve this service going forward.  To help us with improving this service we encourage that you complete the following online survey: 

Drop In Space

Join us on Friday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:00pm for our drop in space! Come enjoy the fun of knitting, colouring, puzzles, reading and building friendships in a relaxing and comfortable environment. This space is not facilitated; however participants will have the opportunity to check in with staff if they wish.

Branching Out:

This open support group invites you to explore a creative craft-based activity each week.  The purpose of this group is to offer the opportunity for individuals to connect with others without having to focus on their personal struggles.  No experience necessary.  All materials provided.

This is a weekly group that will run on Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Key Benefits:

  • Develop peer networks
  • Explore old and new interests
  • No judgement
  • Creative self-expression
  • Hope
  • Life Skills: creativity and innovation, stress management, gratitude, social skills and more.

Closed Groups

The following groups require registration.  Registration is unavailable after the second session.  This is important for to establish a trusting and comfortable group dynamic.  To register call  Hope’s Garden at 519.434.7721.

Art Therapy: 8 Week Closed Group

Registration is now CLOSED for the Spring session. Stay tuned for Summer session updates.

Learn to express feelings, emotions and thoughts through various forms of art. No experience necessary. All materials provided.

Key Benefits:

  • Outlet for release
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Build self-esteem and awareness
  • Provides ownership and sense of achievement
  • Hope
  • Life skills: courage, perspective thinking, self-awareness, resolve, inventiveness, patience, and more.


If you are interested in registering for a group please call Hope’s Garden at  519.434.7721