Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

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The ability to:

  • cope with life's many challenges.

  • acknowledge and share all emotions (happy, sad, angry, disgust, fear) including those labelled as negative.

  • The understanding and acceptance of self.


The journey to emotional awareness can be challenging and it requires practice to learn new skills and to change destructive thought patterns.  But being emotionally well allows us to set boundaries and priorities, to seek and provide support in a healthy manner, to accept our mistakes without self recrimination and to learn from those mistakes.

Wellness menu


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – East Region Mental Health Services

Peer-led Self Esteem Group for Women or Self Esteem Group for Men.

  • A peer-led ten-week psycho-educational group intended to enhance self-esteem by building basic skills of communication, assertiveness, conflict resolution, and dealing with feelings.

Please click here for the Women’s group.
Please click here for the Men’s group.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • 20-week coping skills group (NOTE: very long wait list but an excellent therapy for emotional regulation so get yourself on the list).

Contact Rachel at 905-573-4801 or rarchiba@stjosham.on.ca to register.



  • LOST, also known as Living Outside of Suffering and Trauma, is a peer led organisation that offers free services to mental health consumers.  These include regular drop-in peer support sessions, groups and talks for specific disorders, and Yoga.

L.O.S.T. is located at 148 Ottawa Street North.  You can reach them by calling Rebecca at 289-442-6428 or emailing at info@wearelost.org

The Women’s Centre of Hamilton

  • Various peer-led support groups for women in self-esteem, self-reflection, self-discovery, understanding anger, parenting and overall wellness. The groups rotate days and evenings to allow for better access to the public.

Call 905-522-0127 or email womenscentre@intervalhousehamilton.org to register for upcoming support groups.

SACHA – Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton

  • Free counselling (16 sessions) and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault.

  • They also offer various group support sessions in healing from the impact of sexual assault including self-esteem. There is a waiting list, call to inquire.

Contact 905-525-4573 to register for access.

The Self Esteem Network of Hamilton

  • NOTE: there is a cost associated with this service, $30-$80.

  • Various workshops that address and tackle self-esteem challenges and issues.

 Contact 905-312-1500 or office@selfesteemnetwork.org

Bereaved Families of Ontario Hamilton/Burlington

  • Support for grieving children, teens and adults to give them new ideas and coping skills. The team helps lead the path to healing by example and lived experience.
  • They offer various support groups and educational programs throughout the year.

Call 905-318-0070 for more information or to register for a group.

Family Kinnections (Upper Ottawa St.)

  • Specialize in helping children, youth and families overcome mental health struggles.
  • Offers free/low cost counselling services with no wait lists through internship program. Some support groups are offered free of charge.

Call 1-888-530-8682 or email info@familykinnections.ca for more information.

Catholic Family Services

Individual and Family Walk-In Counselling Service

  • Access to free/low-cost (sliding scale fee) short-term solution-focused counselling or therapy with registered social workers for immediate issues and runs on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • To access the subsidized services, income verification must be provided and eligibility is based on household income and the number of people supported by that income.
  • Child care is available and must be pre-arranged.

Walk-in is on Tuesdays 12-6:30p.m. at Suite 201-447 Main Street East. Contact 905-527-3823 or intake@cfshw.com for more information or to pre-arrange child care.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Program

  • Addressing the healing and wellness needs of the Aboriginal community to reduce family violence, promote healthy living and culture-based programming and healing.

Call 905-548-9593 for more information.


Please contact us at info@myfreehamilton.ca or through our Facebook page.