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March 22, 2021
Addressing the Rise of Anti-Asian Racism and Supporting Asian-Canadian Community Members

Anti-Asian racism has been on the rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and media outlets are reporting incidences of violence and discrimination similar to those that occurred during the 2003…

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February 28, 2021
Black Mental Health Matters: Resources for Learning and Change

Today marks the second annual Black Mental Health Day in Ontario and another opportunity to emphasize that our system needs to do better when it comes to supporting the mental health of…

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January 28, 2021
In an Ongoing Pandemic, Affordable Access to Technology is a Public Health Issue

This year’s Bell Let’s Talk comes almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic – a time in which Canadians have faced unprecedented isolation, stress, and uncertainty that has taken a clear toll…

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December 23, 2020
Resources for Surviving a Pandemic Holiday

The holidays can be a challenging time in an ordinary year: increased family obligations, financial stress, gatherings centred around food and alcohol and at times heightened feelings of loneliness. But with COVID-19…

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December 8, 2020
Peer Support Strong: Reflecting on the Power of Peers

Last week, we came together as a community to celebrate Peer Support Week along with Lived Experience Recovery Network (LERN) and Nipissing Mental Health Housing and Support Services (NMHHSS). The event drew…

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November 15, 2020
Preparing for Winter Wellness with Lived Experience & Recovery Network’s Kari Sterling

As winter approaches and COVID-19 restrictions tighten yet again in Ontario, we know the risk of Canadians’ mental health declining is high. Cold temperatures mean less opportunities for outdoor socialization, the closing…

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November 3, 2020
Preparing for Winter Mental Wellness With Northern Initiative for Social Action

As winter approaches and COVID-19 restrictions tighten yet again in Ontario, we know the risk of Canadians’ mental health declining is high. Cold temperatures mean less opportunities for outdoor socialization, the closing…

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October 13, 2020
AGM and 11th Annual Lighthouse Awards Recap

After months of social distancing and isolation, last week’s Annual General Meeting (2019-2020) and 11th Annual OPDI Lighthouse Awards ceremony was truly a testament to the strength of our peer community.  Over…

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October 10, 2020
On World Mental Health Day, We Want More Funding for Mental Wellness

Every year on October 10th, organizations across the globe observe the World Health Organization’s “World Mental Health Day”.  This year, that day comes during a time of enormous uncertainty and societal upheaval…

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

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

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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March 18, 2020
Support for Ontario’s Health and Social Service Workers During COVID-19

Dear OPDI Community,  We wanted to do something a little different this week as our NewsToGo Team steps back to navigate a new environment and supporting our community through COVID-19 becomes an…

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March 10, 2020
OPDI’s 2020 Peer Support Conference: Save the Date and Call for Proposals

Conference Date: Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6  in Toronto Extended Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2020 We are excited to invite proposals in several formats for our two conference themes. All are welcome to submit a…

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March 8, 2020
International Women’s Day 2020

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day as declared by the United Nations is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Marking the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for…

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

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

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

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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September 14, 2018
GUEST BLOG: Building a Robust Peer Navigator Program to Accelerate Recovery: Q&A with a Peer Program Coordinator

Rachel Yard, Center for Health Care Strategies August 16, 2018     Coordinating Care for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders, a unique program in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County, uses peer navigators to engage…

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August 27, 2018
Peer Support is Trending in Ontario

  It can be said that peer support in Ontario is developing in new directions recognized in the mainstream. A major reason recognized by peers and professionals alike is that “human connection…

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September 5, 2017
The Brave New World of Health Quality Standards

The other day, I participated in a webinar for a draft presentation of Quality Standards of Care for Schizophrenia in the Community. As an individual with lived experience, my viewpoint was decidedly…

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August 28, 2017
Bullying Has No Place in the Integration Process

Among consumer/survivor initiatives and peer support programs, the word “integration” is often not a pleasant one. Why? Integrations bring several structural changes that are often contrary to the values and beliefs of…

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