Mindfulness for Mental Health

All funds raised will be used towards mindfulness for mental health for the disadvantaged, delivered through The Centre for Mindfulness Studies' groundbreaking Community Program.

Watch this 3-minute video to see the personal impact:

Why Mental Health Matters

People who live on the margins of society suffer disproportionately from depression, stress and anxiety, and face systemic barriers to getting the help they need.

The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is breaking down these barriers in ways that are compassionate and sustainable. By training social service agencies and their clients to deliver mindfulness programs in communities, we are giving people the skills to live better.
Your gift will help create communities of well-being that empower people and enrich society.

Watch this 2-minute video on making Mindfulness Therapy More Accessible:

Mindfulness is an affordable group-based treatment that has been shown to prevent depressive relapse (equivalent to anti-depressants), treat acute depression and anxiety, addictions and other mental health problems. 

Mindfulness-based therapy can make a real difference. Just ask Warren, who went from bankruptcy, homelessness, and constant anxiety to feeling grounded and focused on his job. "All the diversions and things that can knock me off track don’t affect me." Read his full story here.

Where your dollars go

Thanks to the money raised at past Mindfulness Challenges:
  • We’ve expanded our Mindful Peer Leadership program, co-funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to train clients of social service agencies to facilitate mindfulness sessions for their peers.
  • A new capacity-building program is being launched to train front-line workers and peers across Parkdale and Regent Park, bringing accessible mindfulness programs to those who need them most.
  • For the past two winters, hundreds of homeless people have had access to a weekly 1.5 hour mindfulness group at Beth Shalom’s Out of the Cold program.
  • Bursaries for our 8-week mindfulness-based therapy programs (MBCT and MBSR) are available for low-income people.
  • Together with Operation Springboard, we’re developing a digital learning program on mindfulness for at-risk youth to promote emotional regulation, resilience and engagement with community life.
  • We provided mindfulness programs to address the difficulties that youth experience in their journeys out of homelessness, as part of CAMH’s Toronto Housing Outreach Program Collaborative.