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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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