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.
Centre for Innovation in Peer Support @ Support House
Support House’s Centre for Innovation in Peer Support provides wellness-based, peer-led self-help and social recreation programming to community members; and support to organizations who have peer staff, through training in peer-support program implementation, capacity building, evaluation, research, knowledge brokerage, and quality improvement
Oakville, ON L6J 0A9
CMHA Peel Dufferin
CMHA Peel Dufferin is a community based mental health and addiction agency offering a full range of services, from 24/7 Crisis Support and Street Helpline, case management programs, to groups and peer services. Peer workers are present throughout CMHA PD's programs and at different levels of the organization. Recovery West drop in program is entirely peer run and offers opportunities for peers to get involved in supporting others through groups and other program opportunities.
Brampton, ON L6Y 4M3
Brampton, ON L6T 3T6
Toronto, ON M9W 6L2
Orangeville, ON L9W 7N7
Durham Mental Health Services - Lakeridge Health Corporation
The Peer Program at DMHS offers a wide range of supports. Peers are imbedded in ACT Teams, the Hospital to Home Program at Lakeridge Health, the Distress Centre of Durham and the DMHS Crisis Program. We also support community members with Day Programs in both Whitby and Ajax, offer daily groups on a wide range of wellness topics, WRAP and Mental Health First Aid. We also provide members with one on one support and advocacy. The Durham Mental Health Services Peer Program also has partnerships with a number of community agencies to provide programing to the wider community. V.A.S.E. (Voices Against Stigma Everywhere) is a group of speakers who have been supported to develop their public speaking skills, who are sought out by other community agencies and organizations to speak about their experience with mental health, substance use or supporting loved one who has struggled.
The staff working on the Peer Team are highly skilled, highly specialized individuals who are able to use their lived experience to inform their work in such a way as to inspire hope and confidence for individuals that things can be better than they are today. Wellness is possible and that each person has within themselves what they need to ensure that they can move forward toward their goals.
Whitby, ON L1N 4K8
Incorporated in 1998, Krasman Centre is a Consumer/Survivor Initiative. We are led and run by People with Lived Experience of mental health and/or addictions, as well by family members. Our mission is, "to improve lives of people affected by mental health and/or addiction challenges through the provision of peer support programs". Our wide range of Peer Support programs include: 24/7 Warm Line and Peer Crisis Support Services, Safer Use Peer Support Line, Peer Support Drop-in Centres (physical Peer Support hubs), Family Support, Peer Support Outreach, Addictions-specialized Peer Support, Virtual groups, Application Support (ODSP/CPP Disability), Welcome Basket and Transitional Support Program, Peer Navigtor Program (hospital emergency departments), Peer Support training, Recovery Education (Eg. WRAP), Peer Support Community of Practice, Peer Support networking opportunities (eg. Lived Experience Advocates for Mental Health and Addictions).
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7
Alliston, ON L9R 1J3
Patient/Client & Family Council
We are a peer-led organization committed to using our personal experiences to improve Mental Health & Addiction services for individuals, and their families, through support, education and advocacy. We facilitate a variety of peer-led support and self-help groups and services, provide 1:1 Peer Support and transition services, and assist with system navigation and offer resources to assist those seeking support
Penetanguishene, ON L9M 1G3
Choices for Change
Choices for Change offers Peer Support Outreach to youth and adults with their journey of recovery and wellness, navigating the mental health, addiction, health care, and housing systems. In Stratford, community members are invited to access the Peer Support Community Centre, which offers a variety of groups and drop-in peer support services for both youth and adults. Staff and volunteers within this program have their own lived experiences with mental health and addiction recovery, and offer supportive listening and facilitation in connecting to other resources as needed.
Stratford, ON N5A 7
Choices for Change - Peer Support Centre
(same as previous application)
Stratford, ON N5A 7K4
Consumer Survivor Development Program
we offer individual and group peer support including WRAP Psych-Social and educational presentations and resources
Hospital based Peer/family support
Owen Sound, ON N4K2H7
Consumer/Survivor Initiative of Niagara
The Consumer/Survivor Initiative of Niagara (CSI) is a consumer/survivor-driven organization motivated by the belief that self-help groups can improve people's potential, increase their self-esteem, and inspire them to self-advocacy. We are an alternative community support organization available throughout the Niagara Region that focuses on the empowerment of its membership. Our self-help groups believe strongly in the value of the sharing of personal experiences with other group members. The model of service is peer support.
Welland, ON L3C6Y8
H.O.P.E. ( Helping Ourselves through Peer Support & Employment)
After- hours Drop in program
Lunch & Learn Sessions
We Care program
Brantford, ON N3T 3C7
Lambton Mental Wellness Centre
Providing Mental Health Peer Support for individuals and Family members/caregivers since 1997. A system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful. It is about understanding another persons’ situation empathically through shared and lived experience with mental health challenges. When people find affiliation with others they feel are like, they feel a connection. This connection is a deep understanding based on mutual experiences when people are able to just “be” with each other. Lambton Mental Wellness Centre provides a safe, non-judgmental accepting space to extend encouragement and hope that recovery is possible.
Meet and sustain the mental health needs for all of Sarnia/Lambton through education, social recreation, peer support and partnering with other local agencies and health care professionals ensuring mentally healthy people in a healthy society.
Nurture mental wellness and support individuals with lived experience as well as their family members, caregivers, and friends.
STATEMENT OF VALUES
Advocacy/Social Justice: We are committed to removing barriers and discrimination that impact the quality of life, and supporting equitable access to resources so that people can fully participate in society.
Self-Determination: We support individuals’ rights to make decisions that affect their lives.
Integrity: We value honesty, confidentiality, and ethical behaviour.
Inclusion & Collaboration: We are committed to working with our community to achieve responsive and accessible services for all.
Excellence & Accountability: We are committed to using our resources efficiently and effectively to ensure the highest possible standards of governance and services.
Sarnia, ON N7T 5A1
Mental Health Rights Coalition
The Mental Health Rights Coalition of Hamilton is a non-profit organization funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a Consumer/Survivor Initiative.
In this context, a consumer is a person who has a mental health issue.
A Consumer Survivor is a person who has been afflicted with a mental health issue and has learned to cope with that issue.
Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) are consumer-driven agencies, which allow survivors to use their coping skills to help other consumers become survivors. Learn more about CSIs with the "CSI Builder Report" or Consumer Survivor Initiatives in Ontario: Building for an Equitable Future
Hamilton, ON L8N 3W4
We are a community mental health program following the Clubhouse model. We offer comprehensive supports to people with serious mental health issues. These supports include employment, education, housing, entitlements, crisis intervention/prevention, social/recreational events and much more.
Welland, ON L3B 3V7
Port Colborne, ON L3K 4K6
Self Help & Peer Support, CMHA Waterloo Wellington
Self Help & Peer Support offers a variety of drop-in and registered peer support and recovery learning groups to adults living in Waterloo Wellington regions who identify as living with a mental health and/or substance use issues. There is no intake and no wait list to join our drop in groups (some recovery learning groups have a wait). All groups are run by trained peer supporters with lived experience of the group topic. We offer daytime and evening groups, online and in-person at our three Recovery Learning Centres. See a schedule of our current group programs at https://cmhawwselfhelp.ca/events/
Self Help & Peer Support also offers:
- Spark of Brilliance workshops where participtines explore recovery through exrpessive arts activities
- Entreprenuership support to people iving iwth mental health/ substance use issues who wish to start or grow their own buisness
- Short-term indivdual peer support to
- A volunteer program that
Kitchener, ON n2g 2k4
Guelph, ON N1H4E9
Cambridge, ON N1R 3Y4
Kitchener, ON N2G 2K4
CMHA Fort Frances Branch, District Peer Support Program
Drop in Centres
Forensic Peer Support
Groups (Virtual and Face to Face)
Activities in the community
Advocacy, systemic and individual
Daily support on the Schedule 1
Weekly support at the recovery homes
Access to a safe & accessible shower, laundry facilities, computer, internet, kitchen (all at no cost)
Kenora, ON P9N3X5
KENORA, ON P9N3X5
Dryden, ON P8N2Z2
Fort Frances, ON P9A3M8
Lived Experience & Recovery Network (LERN)
LERN is a networking body that links, supports and educates all consumer & family peer run initiatives in the North East of Ontario. Our mission is to empower peer communities towards wellness and recovery.
Temagami, Ontario Canada, ON P0H 2H0
NFN TrueSelf Debwewendizwin Program
True Self – Debwewendizwin strives to promote the safety, self-sufficiency and well-being of individuals that have suffered trauma and abuse. Delivered by Nipissing First Nation and its community partners, True Self uses a wholistic approach to healing, employment and training supports, working to support individuals and their families living in the Nipissing District to “debwewendizwin”— “reconnect with your true self, your spirit fire.”
To accomplish its goals, True Self provides a warm and welcoming setting and offers a range of flexible supports, from workshops and talking circles to one-on-one support. Together, these supports provide individuals with the tools and knowledge needed to reduce their vulnerability to poverty and abuse, including gender-based violence, ultimately breaking the cycle for themselves and their children, and leading to holistic mental wellness. The program encourages participants in their pursuit of education, training and employment, on their journey to economic autonomy.
Merging an Indigenous world view, Healing Centered Engagement and Peer Support Values has led to the success of the True Self Debwewendizwin Program. Some of the oldest methodologies that equate to Peer Support come from our Indigenous people in the form of talking circles and sweat lodges. This model incorporates that understanding of wholistic healing and the power of peer support well recognizing the importance of individual differences and meeting participants where they are at and making the program fit their needs rather then trying to make them fit a pre-set program criteria.
• One on One (currently available on phone and through TEAMS or Zoom)
• Women’s talking/healing circle weekly
• Co-dependency Group weekly
• Men’s talking/healing circle weekly
• ABC’s to Heal Your Life Workshop is a culturally based, psychosocial behaviour modification program that focuses on essential soft skills as we encourage participants to acknowledge their past, believe they can take responsibility for their lives and create the life they dream of having.
• Women’s healing workshops online. The Healing Workshop Series is a modified version of our ABC’s to Heal Your Life Workshop.
• WRAP offered periodically throughout the year.
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
• ODSP Employment Support Service Provider - True Self provides a myriad of services to persons with disabilities seeking employment.
• Needs Determination / Assessment
• In-House Employment Specific Workshops
• Referrals and Assistance in Accessing Community Resources
• Development and Implementation of a Return to Work / Training Action Plan
• Connecting Individuals with Potential Employers
• Supporting successful employment maintenance and stability
• A One Year Follow-Up with Individuals and Employers
• North Bay street outreach several times a week
• Mobile community street outreach in the following locations:
• Eldee and Redbridge in a bi-weekly basis (every other week)
• Mattawa, Bonfield and Rutherglenn on a weekly basis
• Sturgeon Falls on a weekly basis
• Workshops facilitated for community partners as requested on a large range of topics including but not limited to:
o Defining Domestic Violence
o Great Attitude…Great Future
o Lateral Violence
o Healing Through Forgiveness
o Financial Literacy
o Practicing Cultural Humility - Steppingstones to Cultural Safety
• Facilitate Men’s weekly workshops in the North Bay Jail to support men transitioning back to community
• Facilitate Women’s monthly workshops in the North Bay Jail to support women transitioning back to community
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS PEER SUPPORT (MAPS) PROBATION & PAROLE
• Provide reintegration and recovery supports in 1:1 and/or group peer support.
• Establish rapport, trust and mutual understanding with individuals based on shared lived experience;
• Explore with the individual their recovery goals and identify ways to help them feel more connected with supports;
• Share with the individual, experiences related to the theme, emphasize an educational component and/or provide creative experiences that foster healing and recovery
NORTH BAY, ON P1B 1B2
Nipissing Mental Health Housing & Support Services
We are an integrated Adult Mental Health, Addiction's and Peer Support organization.
North Bay, ON P1B1B1
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action
NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action is an organization run by and for consumers of mental health services. We develop occupational skills, nurture self-confidence and provide resources for recovery by creating opportunities for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their community. All staff, volunteers and members are people with lived experience of mental health challenges/illness. We are a member-driven initiative, offering meaningful and useful programs, providing a setting for active social recovery rather than passive dependence on community services. Our involvement at NISA allows us to liberate ourselves from the stigma and discrimination we often face as a result of our mental health diagnoses.
Being, belonging, becoming, for all mental health consumers.
Greater Sudbury, ON P3C 5B4
NMHHSS-Peer Support Services
Peer Support Services works to ensure that our members' voices are heard by those who influence change, and to provide participants with information about the range of available community services and how to access these. Our services include: peer support, life skills, education, awareness, and social and recreational programs. Some highlights of these programs are: Empowering Yourself, Journaling, Coping Skills, Anxiety & Depression Support Group, Computer Fundamentals, Peer-led Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Peer Support Group, Arts and Craft, Painting and Colouring group, Therapy Dog, exercise equipment and fitness classes. Series of virtual programs are being offered every day via zoom.
PARC (The Parkdale Activity - Recreation Centre Toronto)
Our peer involvement starts at the board - half of the 14 Directors are participant directors = people with lived experience who utilize our services and supports.
Peer workers are reflected throughout our organization: Supportive Housing, Community Access Program, Peer Shelter Outreach Program, Drop-in Centre, Case management, employment.
Toronto, ON M6R 1A3
Peer Support Programs - Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Branch
The organizations mission statement is as follows; in partnership with clients, families and the community, we provide best practice services through education, advocacy, therapeutic supports and assistance with social determinants, to improve mental health recovery and quality of life. Within the umbrella of service delivery at our branch, we offer a number of peer led programs and services. Please visit our website for a full listing of our peer led programming.
Peterborough, ON K9H 3L9
Lindsay, ON K9V 2L9
Peer Support South East Ontario
We have three streams of service, Peer Support Centers, Community Peer Support and the Transitional Discharge Model, provided by individuals with lived experience. Our Staff are paid and unionized with SEIU.
Belleville, ON K8N 5M5
Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa
Peer-run community and hospital-based peer support. Peer support training, recovery education and social opportunities.
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5
Can-Voice, Consumer Survivor Community Support Services
Can-Voice is a safe place for anyone who has or has ever had any mental health challenge. We are individuals who have been through the struggles, challenges, frustrations and shame that mental health issues may bring. Individuals who access any mental health service refer to themselves as a Consumer. Survivor, means we survived the mental health system.
London, ON N5W 4P3
Connect for Mental Health Inc.
CONNECT for Mental Health is a not-for-profit peer support organization run by and for individuals who have been affected by mental illness. CONNECT has been providing peer support since 2007.
Our vision is to promote sustainable systems of support that enable individuals affected by mental illness to thrive and maintain wellness in the community.
London, ON N6B 1Y8
Consumer Initiative of Huron
Oxford Self Help Network
Oxford Self Help is a Drop in Center that provides various programming such as support groups related to diagnosis including Mood Disorders, PPMD and Schizophrenia Support. Educational groups such as Anger Solutions, budgeting, self-care, and photography. Wellness groups such as mindfulness, and meditation. Psychosocial rehab groups around eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Social/Activity groups which includes crafts and card games.
Geographical coverage is achieved through drop-in programs and support groups in Tillsonburg and Ingersoll.
Woodstock, ON N4S 1K3
Patients` Council of Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care
Peer Support Program - CMHA Middlesex
Peer Support Program (department) employs 1 team lead, 3 coordinators, and 6 peer support workers-all individuals with lived experience
- Transitional Discharge Model at two hospitals -- inpatient groups & 1:1 intentional peer support in the community offered by trained peer support volunteers
- 1:1 formalized peer support offered from a Peer Support Worker in Crisis Services, Outreach Services (My Sisters' Place), Supportive Housing (Housing First & Women's congregate housing), Transitional Age Project in partnership with London Health Sciences, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Addiction Services Thames Valley, and mindyourmind
- informal peer support offered in a weekly social facilitated by a Peer Support Worker
- Peer Support Group Facilitators/Co-Facilitators of several peer support and community wellness programs - see link: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/services/program-guide/
- Department supports several OPDI interns - currently 6 placements in progress/to begin
- Client Advisory Committee in place which will be transitioning to a People With Lived Experience Advisory
- Please also see link: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/about-cmha/
to read 2017-2018 annual report
London, ON N6B 1Y6
Psychiatric Survivors Network of Elgin
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. PSNE is a non-profit member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system. PSNE provides an effective alternative and adjunct to traditional mental health programs. Membership is free to self-identified psychiatric survivors.
St. Thomas, ON N5R3Y6
Body Brave offers peer and professional support for individuals struggling with weight, food and body image issues. Through workshops, support groups and individual counselling, we offer hope to those struggling with these devastating illnesses. Body Brave is a not-for-profit organization operating in Hamilton. We are currently in the process of developing a peer program (recovery advocates). Peers recovered from eating disorders have the power to inspire others as they journey to recovery. We have a peer advisory council that helps to ensure that have the peer voice guiding our organization.
Hamilton, ON L8M 1N5
Achieve Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Centre
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.
Friends & Advocates Peel
Friends & Advocates is a Community Adult Mental Health Organization, and has provided Social Rehabilitation services since 1986. Since the mid 1990’s funding for our services have flowed through the Central West Local Health Integration Network from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Friends & Avocates continues to offer support to those who have experienced Mental/Emotional Distress resulting in Social Isolation. We provide members with opportunities to develop strong Communication, Interpersonal and Leadership Skills. We offer opportunities for members to develop their Leadership, Interpersonal and Social Skills through over 40 activities per month and training programs.
Brampton, ON L6W 2B6
Mental Health Support Network
The Mental Health Support Network is a registered charity # 78197 3128 RR0001. We are one of Canada’s largest face-to-face, diverse mental health peer support networks with over 2000 people. We are in our 8th year working out of private space donated by St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway, Toronto. We offer group mental health peer support meetings. We have had over 450 meetings. The founder, Robert Dunlop, has also offered one on one peer support sessions in the past. In the past, we have had creative expression through art programs and creative expression through writing programs, as well as social events such as picnics, hikes, karaoke, trips to the AGO, etc. All of our programs are led by mental health "peers" who have had mental health challenges in the past or are in recovery.
Toronto, ON M6K 1J6
Summit Housing & Outreach Programs
Summit Housing & Outreach Programs is a charitable organization that provides a variety of housing, peer support, treatment and case management services to individuals who require mental health supports in Halton Region. We have a part-time peer worker on our ACT Team. A full-time peer offers one-on-one support to those in our supportive housing program. We have a peer coordinated social recreational program that runs of full roster of activities led by peer volunteers.
We are courier service that employs who are survivors of mental health challenges in positions in parts of the business. We do peer support every day helping one another with issues.
Toronto, ON M4C 1K3
Fresh Start Cleaning and Maintenance
Fresh Start Cleaning and Maintenance is dedicated to providing part-time to full-time permanent employment for consumer/survivors of the mental health system.
Toronto, ON M6P 2A6
“Habitat Services strives to improve the quality of housing for tenants marginalized by poverty and their mental health status by contracting with landlords and providing recovery based support”.
Toronto, ON M6R 3A9
We offer mental health and addiction programs and offer many community programs to reduce social isolation and build a community of peers. We have housed more than 2,500 people and served over 80,000 meals. We train participants in basic and transferable work skills and we employ them in part time casual jobs. We offer a comprehensive basket of services. After 40 years, we cover the entire GTA. We advocate and educate to address homelessness. We currently house 500 individuals, including 60 families. Our goal is to ensure that those most at risk of homelessness, never again face life on the streets. Each of our teams has a Mental Health Recovery worker and we also offer a daily drop in at our 805 Bloor Street location.
Toronto, ON M6P 1A9
Toronto, ON M5A 3W2
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
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
Bayview Community Services
Willowdale, ON M2J 4V6
North York General Hospital Participants' Council
We provide peer support, recovery education, rights education and advocacy support to indviduals who have accessed the in-patient or out-patient mental health and/or addiction programs at North York General Hospital. We are an advisory committee to the mental health program and the hospital's patient and family advisory commitee. We are a volunteer group and interested individuals who meet the critieria for membership can contact our office. Currently services are being held virtually.
My Best Self
Offering a monthy support group for parents and caregivers of children suffering anxiety, depression and mental health issues. We also offer workshops for parents and children on positive thinking, coping skills and stratagies.
Peterborough, ON k9j 0h2
Champlain Peer Network (CPN)
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.
Ottawa, ON K1R 7M1
Mental Health Support Project
Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) is a mental health peer support and wellness drop in centre. We provide a welcoming and inclusive environment serving adults 18+ in finding resources, offering activities and providing social opportunities for people with mental health challenges. Our values are recovery based and member involvement is supported and valued.
By promoting and modeling a recovery based approach to living we offer hope, encouragement & the shared experience that everyone can build capacities to improve their quality of life.
You don't have to be alone! No referral is needed.
Smiths Falls, ON K7A 5K9
Mood Dissorders Ottawa Mutual Support Group (MDO)
Mood Disorders Ottawa Mutual Support Group (MDO) is a peer-run volunteer organization. We, members of MDO and individuals living with a mood disorder, our families and friends, engage in mutual support to improve the quality of our lives and to work at creating opportunities to reconnect with self and others. Together we aim to offer a beacon of hope that people living with mental health challenges can and do live well.
To these ends, MDO provides resources, programs, support groups, social and recreational activities for our members and their families and friends.
Ottawa, ON K1H 8K7
Somerset West Community Health Centre
As a Community Health Centre offering a spectrum of Harm Reduction services, we have recently(within the last year) started offering paid/employment for peer support within some of our services.
There are 15 regularly scheduled relief staff and 2 part-time staff working in outreach capacities, community engagement and in our Supervised Consumption Service.
We have also been doing, for over a decade, peer support in a variety of ways in a volunteer capacity(honorarium).
Ottawa, ON K1R 6S3
Simcoe Peer Support for Mental Health and Addictions
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
The Algoma Consumer Survivor Network offers education and awareness activities about mental health issues from a consumer's perspective to the residents of Algoma. Also offered are support, advocacy, skill development, networking and referral. The program operates in Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake, Blind River, and Wawa. Model of service is peer support.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Z1
Council of Consumer/Survivor and Family Initiatives (COI)
-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
Northern Star consumer survivor initiative is recognized as a valuable and effective self-help and peer support program. The program offers two drop-in centers throughout the district, self-help groups dealing with issues like emotions, coping skills, assertiveness training and life skills. Social recreational activities such as crafts, community kitchen, birthday celebrations, and member meetings. Trained volunteer hosts operate a drop-in center and provide peer support. Model of service is recovery and peer support.
New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
Timmins Consumer Survivors Network Inc.
Offers a self-help peer support drop-in centre
Provides peer support to individuals and their families who are experiencing or have previously experienced mental health difficulties
Provides public education and information to the community, and mental health providers regarding peer support, self-help and other issues relevant to mental health and mental illness
North Western Ontario Peer Council
Provides peer support for the day to day needs of its members with a Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Strength Based Approach
Provides socialization opportunities for members to aid in their recovery
Provides mental health education to members and mental health awareness to people in the community
Directs members in finding appropriate personnel to meet their needs
Develops and maintains communication with all existing persons involved with members' care, as requested by members
Thunder Bay, ON ON P7B 5G4
Ontario Association of Patient Councils
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.)
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4B6