What is UPLIFT?

UPLIFT stands for Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts. 

This is an evidence-based 8-week mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)  group for people impacted by epilepsy and depression/anxiety. You may not be formally diagnosed with anxiety or depression but find yourself stressed and overwhelmed by the impact of seizures on either yourself or the family member you care for. 

Why was UPLIFT created?

UPLIFT was created because many people with epilepsy struggle with mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Research has shown that CBT and mindfulness are very effective in helping improve mood and therefore quality of life among people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Toronto has extended this program to include caregivers of people with epilepsy because we know that they too are affected by their loved one’s epilepsy and can benefit from the strategies and tools taught in this program. 

Who can do this program?

Adults living with epilepsy or a caregiver for someone living with epilepsy. 

Where are the sessions held?

The sessions are held virtually on zoom. You can log in by video or call on the telephone.

Who leads these groups?

All UPLIFT groups are facilitated by a trained mental health professional and co-facilitated by a person with lived experience of epilepsy.  

How do I register for UPLIFT?

To register, click on your preferred date below to complete a registration form. You will be contacted by the group facilitator once your registration is received. 

How many people will be in each group?

There will be a maximum of eight (8) participants per group. If the group is full by the time your registration is received, you will be added to a waitlist. 

How much does it cost to do this group?

All Epilepsy Toronto services, including UPLIFT are absolutely FREE. 

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UPLIFT 2024 Sessions

UPLIFT for adults living with epilepsy

  • Current session is now full. Please complete the form at the link below to be added to the waitlist for upcoming sessions.

UPLIFT – Employment focused

  • Wednesdays, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, starting September 11, ending  October 30.

UPLIFT for Caregivers

  • Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm, starting February 20, ending April 16 (no group during March Break – March 12). GROUP FULL
  • Future session dates to be announced – to join the waitlist and be notified about upcoming sessions, please click the link below to complete the form.

More 2024 UPLIFT dates are still to be announced, but if you are interested in participating in the program or learning more about it, please complete an UPLIFT form by clicking on the button below.