Below is a list of OPDI’s membership, including their contact information and a brief and by no means extensive description of what they have to offer. We encourage you to contact them directly to learn more.
We are in the process of updating our membership list onto the website, so some groups may be missing from this list for now. Please check back regularly to see updated membership information.
Lambton Mental Wellness Centre (General)
Mental Health Network (General)
Can-Voice, Consumer Survivor Community Support Services (General)
Connect for Mental Health Inc. (General)
Consumer Initiative of Huron (General)
Oxford Self Help Network (General)
Patients` Council of Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care (General)
Phoenix Centre (General)
Psychiatric Survivors Network (General)
The Consumer/Survivor Development Program (General)
We provide information, education, and peer support to foster self help and networking. We offer workshops, presentations, one-to-one and group support. System navigation, self advocacy, skill development, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Recovery groups, and more. We also house a mental Health and Addictions Library open and free to the public
Owen Sound, ON N4k 2J1
Self Help (General)
Self Help services are offered by people for people who have experienced a mental health and/or addiction issue. Our vision is hope and support for recovery through the shared lived experience. Our services are based on the values and principles of recovery. We believe recovery is possible!
Services offered at the sites include...
• Self Help Recovery Centres which provide:
• Peer Support Groups
• Support to develop a new self-help group
• Community and self-help resources
• Facilitation skills training and/or group
• Leadership and Mentoring
• One-to-One Peer Support
We also offer:
• Advocacy Support
• Entrepreneurship Support
• Community Outreach
• Spark of Brilliance (expressive arts program)
There is no formal intake process for our services. Contact one of our sites for more information.
Achieve Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Centre (General)
The Centre operates on a recovery model built on the four mandates of peer support, advocacy, social recreation and education. Monthly member's meetings direct the monthly programming calendar of activities. Members are engaged in a variety of roles at the Centre integral for the running of various programs.
Simcoe, ON N3Y 3H1
Dunnville, ON N1A 1H6
Consumer/Survivor Initiative of Niagara (General)
A peer support group that offers education, advocacy and self-help groups for consumers of the mental health system. Self-help groups include depression/anxiety, and anger management groups. These are offered at various times and locations and are free of cost. Please call the office for more information about the group schedules and general inquiries.
Welland, ON L3B 6A4
Helping Ourselves Though Peer Support and Employment (H.O.P.E.) (General)
Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton (General)
Friends & Advocated Peel (General)
Recovery West Drop-in Centre (General)
T.E.A.C.H (Teach, Empower, Advocate for Community Health) (General)
Fresh Start Cleaning and Maintenance (General)
Habitat Services (Associate)
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (Associate)
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. We provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.
Toronto, ON M4R1A1
Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (PARC) (Associate)
Bayview Community Services (Associate)
Krasman Centre (General)
Krasman Centre is a consumer/survivor initiative for psychiatric consumer/survivors, their friends and family members. We work collaboratively with consumer/survivors and families to improve lives through information, networking, self-help, mutual support, and partnership. All programs and services, including volunteer-delivered programs, are delivered by people who identify as having direct personal experience of mental health extremes and/or homelessness and/or people who identify as psychiatric consumer/survivors as part of our peer support philosophy. Programs and services include: peer support drop-in centres, Mobile Peer Support Outreach, Family Support Program, WRAPhub, ODSP Application Support, Housing to Health Program, Central LHIN Consumer/Survivor Network, Peer Navigators in Hospital Emergency Departments Program, Warm Line and Peer Crisis Support Services.
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7
Alliston, ON L9R 1J3
North York General Hospital Participants' Council (General)
Durham Mental Health Services (General)
DURHAM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES believes that individuals with lived experience of mental illness can vitally contribute to the recovery process for people who are experiencing mental health problems.
The client/peer support relationship can promote resilience and help buffer stressors or adversity. Clients benefit from the empathy and encouragement that a person who has lived their struggles can offer. It is support “by peers for peers” – a positive, inspiring, and equal relationship that promotes health, self-acceptance, and progress towards recovery.
DHMS Consumer Survivor Initiatives can offer:
◾Assistance setting recovery goals
◾Life-skills training and coaching
◾Social networking and support
◾Linkage to services
Our Peer Support Specialists also work in the community to raise awareness of mental illness and stigma, provide education, and coordinate Peer Support programming with other organizations. In this capacity, DMHS is the lead agency in the Consumer Survivor Initiative Network for the Central East LHIN.
DMHS Consumer Survivor Initiatives also offers:
◾Peer Support program development
DMHS is a proud sponsor of the consumer advocacy group V.A.S.E. – Voices Against Stigma Everywhere.
Whitby, ON L1A4K8
Kawartha Lakes Reach for Recovery (General)
Peer Support South East Ontario (General)
A.P.P.L.E. (A Post Psychiatric Leisure Experience) (General)
Champlain Peer Network (CPN) (General)
The CPN represents all Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funded Consumer/Survivor Initiatives across Champlain, and has peer support worker representatives who are working in other areas of the mental health system.
Currently the CPN provides training for Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and associated peer support workers across the Champlain region.
Mental Health Support Project (General)
Mood Dissorders Ottawa Mutual Support Group (MDO) (General)
Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (General)
We are a community of peers using our lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards our full potential.
We offer a safe and non-judgmental environment for consumer/survivors and their families to come together, support one another and build upon our skills. PSO is a non-profit member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system.
We offer peer and family peer support, public education, volunteer opportunities, connecting to other community services and much more to people experiencing mental health challenges and their families. But most of all we promote hope, recovery and wellness and create a sense of community.
Patient/Client & Family Council (General)
The Mental Health Consumer Survivor Project for Simcoe County (General)
Our mission is to provide and promote wellness and recovery for people that have experienced or are experiencing mental health and or addiction issues. CSP accomplishes this through peer-support, advocacy, self help and building partnerships within our Community.
We are a self help peer support and resource center for people who have or are experiencing mental health and addiction issues, including Substance and Alcohol abuse.
collingwood, ON L9Y 3L6
Algoma Consumer Survivor Network (General)
Council of Consumer/Survivor and Family Initiatives (COI) (General)
-peer knowledge and support to individuals living with mental health issues as consumers/survivors and/or as family members.
-peer-driven and peer-guided consumer/survivor initiatives and family initiatives in Muskoka-Parry Sound area
-community education and awareness on mental health issues
Initiative activities may include:
-peer support groups
-recovery and wellness education (i.e. Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
-skill development (i.e. social skills, communication skills)
-resources and advocacy (i.e. information and support on navigating the mental health system)
-social recreation (i.e. bowling)
Sundridge, ON P0A 1Z0
Bracebridge, ON P1L 1S3
Lived Experience & Recovery Network (General)
Lived Experience & Recovery Network (LERN) is a networking body linking, supporting and educating all mental health consumer and family, organizations in the northeast region. LERN supports, empowers and educates society: people with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction services, family members & friends, community, professionals and society around the issues relevant to mental health, mental illness and mental wellness. We provide personal and professional development, organizational development and knowledge exchange & support.
North Bay, ON P1B 4B6
Northern Initiative for Social Action (NISA) (General)
Northern Star (General)
People for Equal Partnership in Mental Health (PEP) (General)
Timmins Consumer Survivors Network Inc. (General)
True Self Debwewendizwin Program (General)
True Self strives to provide streamlined access to services that promote the safety, self-sufficiency and wellbeing of individuals and their families by fostering a structured collaborative community response.
• To offer men and women who have experienced violence and those at risk of, a holistic approach to healing, employment and training supports.
• To empower men and women to consider, explore, pursue and achieve higher levels of training, education, or employment on their journey to economic independence.
• To work within our district to raise awareness of and sensitivity to the barriers faced by men and women who experience violence.
Focusing on meaningful plans tailored to the individual, ensuring a unique path within the program (not a predetermined path available in our back pocket) ensures growth and leads to long term employment in various fields.
Staff at True Self from the Manager down all have lived experience with Mental Health, Addiction or Trauma and the program has been designed from the beginning by peers using a peer support model grounded in Aboriginal Culture.
North Bay, ON P1B1B2
District Peer Support Program (General)
We have four drop in centers for individuals with lived experience and family members located in Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora and Red Lake. We also offer outreach programs in most of the communities. In Fort Frances & Kenora we offer family supports (1-on-1 peer support for family members as well as education series). In Kenora we have a forensic peer support worker that goes to the recovery homes and the schedule one to provide weekly peer support groups, as well as proving outreach to others currently incarcerated or at risk of. The activities in each community are different, based on that individual community needs. Please visit our website at www.cmhaff.ca for more details on what is offered in each community.
Fort Frances, ON P9A3M8
Kenora/Dryden/Red Lake, ON p9n3x5
North Western Ontario Peer Council (Associate)
Ontario Association of Patient Councils (General)
OAPC is a council of patient/ client/ participant councils - Our vision is to support those with lived experience in Mental Health and Addictions to advocate on behalf of themselves as councils and individuals to affect positive change in the Mental Health System. The OAPC supports it's member councils by networking, information sharing and supporting the positions of each council as it relates to the treatment of Mental Health Issues and those living with these conditions.
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 5G4
People Advocate for Change Through Empowerment (P.A.C.E.) (General)