Mental Health Clinic
COSTI’s Mental Health Clinic provides a variety of services to Italian Canadians who suffer from severe and/or chronic mental illness. Services include psychiatric assessments and follow-up by an on-site psychiatrist. COSTI Family and Mental Health Services also runs chronic pain management groups; and short-term psycho-educational groups for women diagnosed with depression.
- Clinical counsellors provide psychosocial assessments.
- Supportive counselling and/or psychotherapy to individuals and families.
- Family education/support groups.
- Cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression.
- Pain management group.
- Support and skill building group for individuals suffering from anxiety.
- Referrals to services not available at COSTI.
Who is Eligible
Services are available to all Italian Canadians residing in the Greater Toronto area and York Region.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesday 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. Services are also available at COSTI's Vaughan Centre. Please call directly for an appointment.
This Program is Located at:
Fees are on a sliding scale that is geared to income, but services will not be denied due to an inability to pay.
COSTI's Mental Health Services are funded by the City of Toronto and the United Way Greater Toronto.
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How do I know I'm suffering from depression?
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.
Symptoms of Depression
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)