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ACT offers a wide range of group-based programs. Some of these are support groups, some of these are more educational in nature. We offer groups specifically for people living with HIV, for those concerned about their risk of HIV, as well as groups that focus on mental health or substance use. 

ACT Groups

Anxiety Support Group
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We will be bringing back our Anxiety support group for Gay, Bi, Queer & trans men this Winter. This will be a free 8-week program every Monday starting February 7 and ending March 28. 

This online group is open to men of all ages living with anxiety and wanting a space to connect from the GBQTMSM communities.

For more information contact Maher at msinno@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 226

Body Image Support Group
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Finding balance between being the best version or yourself and an unhealthy strive for perfection.

From the effects of social media and dating apps to the negative self-talk and potentially difficult relationships with food and exercising, this 8-week group allows cis and trans gay, bi and queer (GBQ) guys to find support and balance in their relationship with their body and self-esteem. This group is open to all GBQ guys regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Maher at msinno@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 226

Dates: This group is offered at least once a year in the Fall and sometimes of a second time in the Spring (depending on demand)


 

Gay Men's Coffee Night
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Gay Men’s Coffee Night (GMCN) is a peer led group of men who get together every two weeks to socialize, laugh, lovingly throw shade, and most importantly, finds ways to support each other through it all. GMCN is for men over 40 who have sex with men or who identify as gay, bi, or queer and have been living with HIV for any length of time.  

If you're interested in finding out more, like specific information on dates, times, and how to register, contact Brad at bhamptonwallis@actoronto.org

 

Gay Men's Wellness Group
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The Wellness 8-week support group is design for cis and trans gay, bi and queer (GBQ) men who want to improve their holistic well-being.

This group explores topics like anxiety, loneliness, relationships, self-esteem, happiness, setting goals and much more – depending on the group’s interest. It is open to all GBQ guys regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Maher at msinno@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 226

Dates: This group is offered at least once a year in the Spring and sometimes of a second time in the Fall (depending on demand).


 

Living with HIV
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A support group for people who are living with HIV.

A group for anyone living with HIV to come together and share their experiences with other people who are also living with HIV. This eight-week group is open to anyone living with HIV regardless of gender, race or ability.

For more information contact Jaye at jgarcia@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in the Summer depending on demand.


 

Meth & Sex Group
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A support group to start disassociating meth use and sexuality/intimacy.

This 8-week group was developed from a need to create a space where men trying to quit crystal meth can come and talk about the ways crystal meth effects their sexuality.  Open to all cis and trans gay, bi or queer (GBQ) guys who have a commitment to stopping crystal and have experienced some form of success on their own in the past few months, the sessions explore the realities, obstacles and strategies that will help them move forward with their (sexual) life. This group is open to all GBQ men regardless of race, ability or HIV status.

For more information or to register, contact Maher at msinno@actoronto.org or 416-340-8484 ext. 226


 

Newly Diagnosed
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A support group for people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV.

A group for people to share their experiences and find connection with other people who have recently been diagnosed with HIV. This group defines “newly” not in terms of amount of time that has passed but the kinds of issues that you might be experiencing.

For more information contact Jaye at jgarcia@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in early Spring.


 

PEACH
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A combination of support group and educational workshops for gay, bi, queer, and trans guys to build skills for healthier relationships and better sex.

A ten-week group for gay, bi and queer guys who are interested in learning more and building the skills that they need for healthier relationships with other men. Some of the topics include stronger communication skills, how to negotiate the kind of sex and relationships you want, and how to navigate the complicated social landscape of dating.

For more information contact Jaye at jgarcia@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs once a year in early Spring.


 

Safer PnP: A Virtual Chat
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“Safer PnP: A Virtual Chat is an online space for gay, bi, queer guys to connect with other queer guys, either cis or trans, about PnP, drugs, chemsex, community and harm reduction before they party. This is a great way to connect about strategies and tips without any expectation or requirement to change, with a great group of like-minded guys interested in learning how to safer PnP.

This is a confidential and anonymous space for queer guys, and participants have the option of leaving their cameras off or using a code-name to enter the space. Guys can expect to chat about managing withdrawal and comedowns, how to safely snort, smoke, slam or booty bump, mixing, safer supply, BIPOC experiences, and more.

 To join, e-mail a request at SaferPnP@actoronto.org

 

SPUNK!
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SPUNK! is support group for gay/bi/queer men who want to make changes regarding their drug use, whether those changes are harm reduction or abstinence. 

SPUNK! is a closed group that focuses on the individual goals of the participants and runs for 6 weeks. This group explores substance use from a non-judgmental point of view and looks at how it impacts sexuality and daily living. We provide tools for personal development and services once the program is over. SPUNK! uses Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) as well as Mindfulness techniques.

For more information contact Gavin Bejaimal at spunk@actoronto.org

Dates: This group runs twice a year, for 6 weeks each.