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COPE Mental Health

COPE Mental Health

COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Excellence) is a unique community-based mental health service provided by Community Care Durham (CCD) that offers group support to adults aged 16 and older, with emotional and/or mental health concerns.

We can help!

Established in 1976, our goal is to assist clients to remain in their community, to function as effectively as possible, and maximize their quality of life.

COPE services all of Durham Region including:

  • Pickering
  • Ajax
  • Whitby
  • Oshawa
  • Clarington
  • Uxbridge
  • Scugog
  • Brock Township

Please note:

We currently offer in-person, virtual, and hybrid services. To register for COPE Mental Health Support Groups and Workshops, please call Central Intake at 905-668-6223.

For existing clients looking to connect with a COPE staff member, please call 905-668-6223; press 2 for existing client, press 2 for COPE Mental Health Services.

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What Do The Mental Health Support Groups Focus On

Our support groups are focused on education, community connection, and practicing the coping skills you need to improve your mental health.

We offer:

  • Anxiety and Depression Support
  • Anxiety and Stress Management
  • Depression Support Groups
  • Bipolar Support Groups
  • Anxiety Support Groups
  • Men’s Wellness Groups
  • Women’s Wellness Groups
  • Chronic Pain Support
COPE Self-Development SeriesRegular and Ongoing Support GroupsCOPE Mental Health WorkshopsCOPE Outdoor Summer GroupsR.I.S.E. Early Adulthood Support GroupLet's Talk About events

Learn more about the COPE Mental Health program

Watch the video to learn more about our COPE program and the support groups available to clients.

How Can I Join A COPE Mental Health Support Group?

For information on how to join, please call Central Intake at 905-668-6223. We also accept referrals from a wide variety of community sources including;


Community mental health services

Social services-based case management programs


Referrals from family physicians

Hospital crisis services

Once a referral is processed, an assessment is completed to determine service initiation and to find a COPE group that is right and comfortable for you.

We take great pride in providing a safe, non-judgmental and accepting environment for you to get the support you need. COPE can also connect clients with the other integrated community support services offered by Community Care Durham and our Community partners.

To download the Referral Form, please click on the link below:

COPE Referral FormRequest an Intake Appointment Online

There is no fee for COPE services.

Who Leads COPE Mental Health Support Groups?

Trained volunteers with various backgrounds and lived experiences, supported by CCD’s COPE staff, facilitate groups for clients and caregivers across Durham Region.

COPE Calendar

For more information on COPE Mental Health Specialized Support Groups and Wellness Workshops, including dates, times and how to register, please visit the Calendar page.

Registration for our “Let’s Talk About…” events is now open. Visit our Calendar to see upcoming events.  Click here to register now for the upcoming virtual events.
Learn More

If you would like to receive more information about CCD’s COPE Mental Health Support Groups, please call us at 1-888-255-6680 or contact a Community Care Durham office nearest you.

Click the link below to download the COPE Mental Health Program Fact Sheet for all you need to know about accessing this service.

COPE Mental Health Fact Sheet
COPE client

For me being able to connect with my COPE group during this time has allowed me to keep on track with my mental health. Being very isolated during COVID 19 has made the COPE groups something for me to look forward to. The telephone COPE group has allowed me to feel connected to others during a time like this and being able to hear others sadly feeling the same way I do, brings some relaxation to me that it’s not only me feeling this way. My mental health has really impacted my life negativity the past couple of years and I really appreciate the COPE group reacting out during a time like this and finding ways for us to still connect to one another.

COPE client

I took part in the phone conference tonight. When I heard the other participants who have lost loved ones and who were experiencing similar feelings as myself I came to realize I was not alone in my grief. This experience provided me with some comfort and I hope to take part in the next session.

COPE client

Thank you for connecting us once again. Now more than ever, maintaining our connections is key to the stability and/or betterment of our mental health. Too often physical distancing can lead to isolation and for many of us, isolation can be deadly. Thank you for giving us a way to break this possibility.

To book an appointment with a Central Intake Coordinator to request this service, please contact us: