The Ukrainian flight PS752 crash on January 8 caused 57 Canadians to lose their lives, leaving behind devastated family and friends. A casualty of this magnitude can have a severe impact on the mental health of those who knew the victims.

To support and honour the victims and their families and friends, Scarborough Health Network invites families and friends of victims to a free group therapy workshop. Group therapy has been shown to be an effective approach in supporting those coping with loss to overcome sadness and accelerate the recovery process.

The sessions will be held in Farsi and led by Dr. Arian Behzadi, consulting psychiatrist at Scarborough Health Network.

If you are interested in attending these free group therapy sessions, please send your name and contact information to and kindly indicate “Grief Group Therapy Workshop” as the email subject. Please note that this workshop is designed for adults.

Space is limited and registration is required.

Location: 1225 Kennedy Road, Unit J, Scarborough

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Session Information

Monday, February 3, 2020 – Reviewing session policies, confidentiality and preliminary psychoeducation about normal grief processes vs. complicated grief and trauma.

Monday, February 10, 2020 – Reviewing the early stages of grief, denial, numbness and helplessness.

Monday, February 24, 2020 – Reviewing the late stages of grief, anger, avoidance, mourning, guilt and sleep disturbances.

Monday, March 2, 2020 – Psychodynamics of immigration and reviewing the symptoms of PTSD and major depression with a reflection on symptoms of normal grief.

Monday, March 9, 2020 – Indications for seeing more advanced mental health workers and psychiatrists, reflections on the previous sessions and conclusion.

SHN’s Child and Adolescent program is here to offer any mental health support required. Our Crisis Service is 24/7, but also available as a resource is the Shoniker Clinic. To coordinate services for a child/youth please contact 416-284-8131- ext. 5301.