Better Together

Group Mental Health & Wellness Programs

Welcome to “Better Together” short-term, group-based support & wellbeing programming. This program is generously funded through the “Mental Health & Wellbeing” grant from the Canadian Red Cross and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Below is a brief FAQ about the program. For specific questions related to you or a loved one, please email Rebecca directly at

Currently wrapping up programming from 2023

New programming to be launched in Spring of 2024 – use the Typeform below to sign up for notifications

Who is this for

This is for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks in the Ottawa/National Capital Region.

What to expect

Short-term, group-based mental health and wellness programming gives you the opportunity to explore your mental wellbeing alongside others going through the same thing. This can look like a support group, a skill-building group, or a group gathered around a certain issue or challenge.

No matter the form

  • You can expect to be treated with respect and dignity
  • You can expect Kind Space staff to be accountable to your concerns and safety needs
  • You can expect that your agency will be celebrated
How much does it cost

It’s free! This program is funded by the Canadian Red Cross and Public Health Agency of Canada which allows us to offer group mental health programming at no cost.

How long is it

Different groups will run for different lengths of time. All groups will run for a minimum of 8 week and a maximum of 4 months.

Therapist: Rebecca Johnston, MSW, RSW

Hello! I’m Rebecca (she/her).

I first started counseling in the woods, talking about feelings on porches and mossy-rocks at an overnight summer camp. This mental health work made use of peer-support, power-sharing models that still inform my approach today. Deciding to go the official route, I went on to get a BSW and MSW from Carleton University – although my therapeutic approach is most influenced by my BA in Gender Studies. I believe fiercely in everyone’s own right to determine for themselves what their version of mental health looks like. It is my honour to play a part in helping people get closer to that vision.

I am keenly aware of the weight and complexity that therapy can hold, especially for marginalized groups, and I want to do everything that I can to make accessing therapy possible for you.

If you are unsure of what your specific needs might be, please reach out and we can brainstorm together. I am a Registered Social Worker in Ontario.