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Welcome to Ontario Peer 
Development Initiative

Ontario Peer Development is an organization of organizations. Our members are mental health Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and Peer Support Organizations across Ontario. These organizations are run by and for people with lived experience of a mental health issue or addiction issue. Our members provide a wide range of services and activities within their communities. No two are the same, but all approach their activities from the common understanding that people can and do recover with the proper supports in place, and that peer support is integral to successful recovery. Most of our member organizations work with their local mental health system tables to bring the consumer voice to service planning, evaluation, and coordination, and provide direct informal or formal peer support and self-advocacy support to individuals.

OPDI in turn brings the voice of these organizations to provincial-level policy and planning processes, research projects, and system advocacy issues.

OPDI Blog

January 29, 2020
Let’s Talk About Building A Peer-Driven Mental Health Care System

By OPDI

We need more funding for peer support initiatives in Canada.

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January 9, 2019
Why the Definition of “Disability” in Social Assistance Matters to PWLE in Ontario

By OPDI

Ontarians head into the New Year, more than a month since the November 22nd press conference that outlined social assistance changes. Apart from remarks by the Minister at that time that any…

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October 17, 2018
Advocating for Paul and Protecting Peter

By OPDI

As we ease towards winter and a full up-and-running provincial government, what can we expect?   Make no mistake; Ontario is fast becoming a defensive environment for people with lived experience in Ontario. …

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Our free weekly electronic bulletin highlights current news and developments related to mental health and addictions knowledge, research and policy, and the social determinants of mental health, all from the perspective of people with lived experience. Anyone may subscribe.

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Our Annual Lighthouse Awards program currently has five categories: three for individuals and two for organizations.  Nominations open every June and are presented at our Conference and Annual General Meeting in autumn.

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OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program is a basic skills training for people who have recovered their own mental health to the point of being ready to support others on their recovery journey.

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This newsletter is emailed exclusively to the main person of contact at every OPDI member organization.  It applies a closer lens to current events and developments that could impact our member organizations and those they serve.

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