ACT Support Groups

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 for HIV, as well as groups that focus on mental health or substance use.

Newly Diagnosed is a group for folks who have been recently diagnosed with HIV and want to connect and share resources with other peers.

For more information on this group, reach out to Maher at

Wellness group is for Gay, Bi and Queer men, and happens twice a year. This is a group where we discuss holistic well-being, including self-care and community-care.

For more information on this group, reach out to Maher at

Body Image Support Group is for Gay, Bi and Queer men, and takes place once a year. In this group, we discuss body image, self-esteem, body positivity and health.

For more information, reach out to Maher at

Meth and Sex Group is for Gay, Bi and Queer men and takes place twice a year. This is an abstinence-based group for folks who are trying to stop their use of Meth.

For more information, reach out to Maher at

Anxiety Support Group is for Gay, Bi and Queer men, and takes place on an as-needs basis. This is a group where we discuss anxiety, triggers & tools to manage stress.

For more information, reach out to Maher at

SPUNK! is a support group for Gay, Bi and Queer men who want to make changes regarding their drug use, whether those changes are harm reduction or abstinence. The group focuses on the individual goals of the participants and runs for 6 weeks. We explore substance use from a non-judgmental point of view and look at how it impacts sexuality and daily living. We provide tools for personal development and referrals to services once the group is over.

SPUNK! is a closed group. This means folks need to register to join, and that it isn’t a drop-in group where different people come and go. A closed group creates a place that allows intimate discussion. SPUNK! is facilitated (led) by two professionals working with cis & trans gay/bi/queer men’s sexual health.

SPUNK! uses Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) as well as Mindfulness techniques. Are you ready to make a change regarding your substance use?

For more information about SPUNK! please contact

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Mild2Wild is a new online meetup on Zoom for guys who Party ‘n Play to come together, talk about what matters to them and get the info they need to party safer. Supported by the GMSH, ACT, and MAX Ottawa, each Mild2Wild session is centered around timely topics like managing comedowns, keeping yourself safe, and understanding all the possible experiences you might have.

Wherever you live in Ontario, feel free to drop in with us. Hosted on Zoom we understand the need for discretion. Putting your camera on and using your real name isn’t mandatory in the space. Oh, and we don’t ask people to stop partying or commit to being abstinent just to attend.

Interested? Then join us every second Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM until Sept 14th. After that, we meet from 7:00-8:30PM EST.

The OnlyMans: HQ Drop-in is an attempt to hold space for, build, and support Gay Bi Queer Trans guys an Gender Non-Conforming Non-Binary folks in sex work. These Drop-ins will take place once every three months allowing community to form connections in person, wellness check-in, access resources – STBBI rapid testing, mental health, harm reduction, etc. Hosted in the HQ community rooms, these will be hybrid events to include anyone quarantining or physically unable to relocate. We will be providing transportation and a meal for attendees.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please email Kristopher Phillips – TOMQ Male Sex Work & PnP Project Coordinator at

Location: 790 Bay St. #820, Toronto, ON M5G 1N8

Quarterly starting Wednesday October 11th 2023, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

If you have any dietary restrictions that you forgot to mention, please let me know via email as well as food recommendations that suit your accommodations.