People with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges are invited to participate in a novel training to develop skills as service user educators.

The training will prepare service users to work collaboratively as educators in the context of mental health and addiction professional training, with the ultimate goal of preparing service providers to better meet the needs of service users.

By participating in this series of four half-day workshops, participants will develop their ability to:

  1. effectively facilitate learning of health professionals
  2. create and sustain a service user educator practice
  3. advance the co-production of mental health and addiction professional education.


We seek individuals with lived experience of mental health and/or addiction challenges who wish to make a positive impact on the future of mental health and addiction services in Ontario. Experience using psychiatric and/or addiction services is essential. You must have excellent oral communication skills and be able to engage learners in an open, genuine and collaborative learning process. Experience as a service user educator, peer or advocate is a strong asset.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse group of individuals who represent the service user community in Toronto. Individuals from marginalized and minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is our intention that participants who successfully complete the training will be matched with a training program that collaborates with service user educators.

Successful applicants will receive a cash honorarium for participating in the training.

To find out more, please join us for a meeting on September 14 from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at the Parliament Street branch of the Toronto Public Library. You can also contact Tucker Gordon at 416 535-8501 ext. 36761 or



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