Mental Health Resources

Autism Ontario and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario Division are working together to provide opportunities for autistic adults in Ontario to gain knowledge, skills, and resources in mental health by offering Living Life to the Full for Autistic Adults 18+.

Living Life to the Full
Brochure for Living Life to the Full

Living Life To The Full is an online, 12-hour, eight-week mental health promotion program offering free opportunities for Ontario adults on the spectrum to learn wellness and coping skills using the tenets of cognitive behavioural therapy. Participants are taught how to deal with their feelings when fed up, worried, or hopeless, and learn skills that help them tackle life’s problems.

Please note that this course involves voluntary group participation
and reading and writing/typing for some of the activities. This
program approach has been adapted with consultation from
autistic adults, and the course is being evaluated. Participants will
be asked to complete an optional online evaluation survey.

Autism Ontario is offering a free Living Life to the Full course for
autistic adults who identify as female or non-binary (aged 18+),
starting in February!

When: Tuesdays; February 7 to March 28, 2023, 6:00–7:30pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Have questions? Join our orientation session on Tuesday,
January 24th, from 6:00–7:00pm via Zoom! 

Click Learn More below to complete the form, or contact for more information. 


CARES Support Group for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Adults

The joys and responsibilities of parenting an autistic child often come with a high degree of stress. Caregivers of autistic individuals generally experience high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression when compared to families of neurotypical children and children with other disabilities. 

What is the CARES Caregiver Support Program?
The CARES Caregiver Support Program is an innovative, multi-week, group-based program focusing on the social, emotional, and psychological challenges that can arise among caregivers of autistic children. 

The CARES program provides a safe space for caregivers to share their experiences and develop a sense of shared identity. This program is focused specifically on caregivers, not on their child’s behaviour or unique journeys, and has been developed by our partners at the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC).

This program offers eight weeks of connection with other caregivers where you will discuss topics such as:

  • Let’s Talk About Stress
  • Helpful Thinking
  • Rewriting Our Story
  • Problem Solving
  • Self-Compassion