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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

June 9, 2020
4 Tips for Maintaining Wellness While Working from Home

By OPDI

Since moving to a remote workforce, Julia Read and her coworkers at CMHAWW Self Help and Peer Support Team have had ups and downs. They shared their tips for maintaining wellness while…

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May 12, 2020
How to Access Remote Peer Support During COVID-19

By OPDI

A growing list of phone/online peer support resources Consumer-Survivor and Support Lines/Online Groups: Centre for Innovation in Peer Support: www.centreforinnovationinpeersupport.com The Center offers two large streams of virtual services & programming. One for…

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May 11, 2020
Laughter and Wellness in the Midst of a Pandemic

By OPDI

Allan Strong, long-time peer support advocate and Peer Support Coordinator at Choices for Change, shares his thoughts on the importance of maintaining one’s sense of humour through COVID-19  It has been six months of captivity because of the pandemic….

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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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