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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 increased priority. 

Ontario Peer Development Initiative is an organization dedicated to amplifying the voice of lived experience within mental health and addiction. Our members are individuals working in peer support, Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and Peer Support Organizations across Ontario. We stand with peer support workers across sectors and work to build community through the sharing of experiential skills and knowledge. 

This is an unprecedented and challenging time in history, with constantly evolving events, headlines and policies. It is particularly challenging for those working on the frontlines of social services and health. 

As such, we aim to support this community in a time of increased risk and uncertainty by equipping them with adequate resources about COVID-19. 

Like most organizations, we’ve been focused on the health and well-being of our members. Yet we realize that beyond our membership there exists a wider community in need of resources and support. 

Our team is committed to providing regular updates about changes that impact those in the social service and health space and resources for personal safety, community support and self-care.  

Below are links to up-to-date COVID-19 announcements that may affect the health and social service community: 

Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for Health Sector 
Statement on the Social Services Response to COVID-19
Regular COVID-19 News Updates from the Government of Ontario 
Updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada
Public Health Ontario Updates on COVID-19

We will be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages regularly with timely announcements and support resources. 

You can follow along on Twitter at @OPDI or join us on Facebook

We value your support and safety at this time.

Best Regards, 

The Board and Staff of OPDI

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