Self-Help Resource Centre

ODSP recipients needed for study

Pamela Lahey is  a PhD candidate in the Rehabilitation Science department at McMaster University. She is conducting a study entitled From Welfare to Work: The Experiences of Those on the Road? The purpose of the research is to examine the individual and system level characteristics that make it possible for ODSP recipients to leave the System for employment.

She is looking for study participants to take part in a one-time, one hour interview, either by phone or face-to-face. Specifically, she is looking for:

Former ODSP recipients who:

a.       self-identify as having a mental illness as their primary diagnosis;

b.      transitioned from ODSP to paid employment in the mainstream labour market within the last 10 years;

c.       spent at least six consecutive months off ODSP.

You will be asked about your employment supports experience on ODSP, the individual and system level supports that helped you transition; and whether you returned to ODSP after your initial exit.

If you are interested in participating, or have questions about the project, please contact the investigator, Pam Lahey, by email at, or by phone at 226 343-8916.

*A 20 dollar gift card of your choice will be provided to you upon completion of the interview.

Seniors Co-Pay Program

Starting August 1, 2016, more than 170,000 seniors will be newly eligible for the low-income Seniors Co-Payment program under the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Program.

Eligible seniors can save an average of $130 per year in out-of-pocket drug costs and pay no annual deductible and a co-payment of up to $2 for each prescription.

To check eligibility please visit

If you have any questions or require further information about this promotion, please contact Shannon Magennis at or via phone at 416-326-1004

Statement of Solidarity with Orlando and the LGBTQ Community

The Self-Help Resource Centre is shocked and saddened by the loss of queer and trans lives, and the injury of many more, on Sunday June 12 in Orlando LGBTQ club, Pulse. The impact of the events of that evening has been felt in many communities, but particularly in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer (LGBTQ) and Latinx communities of whom most of the victims were a part.

We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ and Latinx communities both in Orlando, Florida, and closer to home in Ontario, Canada. This was an attack on the freedom and human rights of communities that already face the threat of violence, erasure and discrimination on a daily basis.

We stand against any response that further adds to a culture of hate, denigration or violence.

We stand against any response that erases the identities of the lives taken and injured.

We stand against any response that is rooted in homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia or racism.

We stand against any response that assumes, labels, stigmatizes or others people with mental health challenges.

We encourage a response of compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, and companionship.

We encourage a response where we reach out and check-in on friends, community members, loved ones to see how we can support each other.

We encourage a response where we listen and support, while being mindful of our own self-care.

We encourage communities to continue to gather in solidarity and support.

We say their names:

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

For anyone affected by the tragic events in Orlando, please consider the following supports and resources:

Gerstein Centre Crisis Line & Mobile Team: 416-929-5200 (24/7)
Krasman Centre Warm Line (non-crisis): 1-888-777-0979 (24/7)
Progress Place Warm Line (non-crisis): 416-960-9276 (8pm-12am)
519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto: 416-392-6874

A full list of resources can be found here:

You can also search our online database of over 800 peer support groups in the Greater Toronto Area:

Downloadable full statement of solidarity here.

Family Councils Program Becomes Family Councils Ontario

The Self­-Help Resource Centre (SHRC) and Family Councils Ontario announce the transition of the Family Councils’ Program to Family Councils Ontario.

Family Councils Ontario grew out of the Family Councils’ Program, a program of the Self-­Help Resource Centre since 1998 that facilitated the development and sustainability of Family Councils in Long­-Term Care Homes. Starting out as a pilot project funded by a Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, it continued to gain momentum and success.

Executive Director of Family Councils Ontario, Lorraine Purdon, said program funding support from the Ministry of Health and Long-­Term Care (MOHLTC) in 2004 acknowledged the role and influence the program had in supporting family caregivers who had relatives living in long term care homes.

“Since then the growth of the program has continued. In 2015, with support from MOHLTC, the program achieved its long-­time goal of becoming an independent organization,” said Purdon.

“A Board of Directors was formed, alongside registration of the organization as a non-­profit. April 30, 2016 marks the completion of the transition from SHRC.”

SHRC Executive Director, Chrystal Dean, said SHRC is proud to have provided a strong foundation and springboard for this program.

“We have mentored and monitored the program throughout its 17­-year history, and remained the liaison for the MOHLTC, its main funder. Through our guidance and support the program has become a successful model of peer support that touches over 500 long-­term care homes in the province.

We look forward to forging a new and ongoing relationship with FCO, and wish the staff and Board every success as they move forward.”

FCO can now be located at:
306-­40 St Clair Ave. E.
Toronto, ON, M4T 1M9

Phone: 647-­427­-5551
Toll­free: 877­-622­-9968

About FCO
Family Councils Ontario facilitates the development and sustainability of Family Councils in Long­-Term Care Homes and facilitates opportunities for Family Councils within a region to meet. Family Councils are led by volunteers who together make significant impacts towards improving quality of life for residents of Long-­Term Care and their families.

More information can be found at:

Holiday Resources: Staying Connected During the Holidays

The holidays mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. We all have expectations about what the holidays should look like, and often they end up not looking like we imagined. Whatever we imagine, whatever ends up happening, we should all know that we are not alone. We encourage you to reach out when you need, connect with somebody you know, find an event happening in the city, or even call a helpline. 

We’ve compiled a special holiday season edition of our resources that includes services open all through the holidays, and you can also check out the Holiday Happenings bulletin created by our friends at CS Info.  

Take care of yourself over the holiday season.




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