COPE Mental Health Program

Type of Service

Social Rehabilitation/Recreation

Program Description

The COPE Mental Health Program of Community Care Durham is a unique community-based program that supports adults with mental health concerns to live in their community. The goal is to assist seriously mentally ill adults to remain in the community, function as effectively as possible and to maximize their quality of life. Services include support and coping skills groups co-facilitated by trained volunteers and program managers. The COPE program manager receives referrals, completes an assessment (OCAN) and initiates the service. When needed, the program manager will provide one-to-one support on a short-term, focused basis with a goal of moving the client eventually into the volunteer-based services. An action plan is developed with the client to establish goals and a framework for the supportive relationship. The action plan is reviewed regularly. Clients matched with volunteers in supportive one-to-one relationships meet about two hours per week up to a period of a year. The action plan is reviewed regularly. COPE offers coping skills and support groups most often co-facilitated with a volunteer and sometimes only by volunteers. The groups include, for example, social-recreation, life skills, family support, depression, and anxiety coping groups. Most groups meet weekly, are open and continuous. Recruitment of volunteers, their training, monitoring and supervision is ongoing. Volunteers receive comprehensive training on the fundamentals of mental health and advanced training on group facilitation. COPE has a 12-week Group Facilitation course.

Access Information

The COPE program accepts referrals from all sources including self, family, clinicians, etc. Most referrals come from other mental health programs and social agencies. There is no diagnostic criterion other than concerns related to mental health. Referrals can be made to any of our seven local programs.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 905-668-8567
Fax 905-668-7190

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Durham)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed

Application Referral Forms


English French


Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630