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Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the release of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice.

Hope. Dignity. Inclusion.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice is the first comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery in practice and promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program and practice level. The release of the Guidelines is another significant milestone in taking action on Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

While the Guidelines are directed at a wide audience that includes people living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families, they are designed especially for individuals who can help make the practical, organizational and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice were developed after extensive consultation and draw on the many existing pockets of excellence across the country. They provide guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diverse needs of people living with mental health problems or illnesses, whatever their condition, background, circumstance or stage of life.

We encourage you to share this document widely and start a conversation about mental health and recovery. Together we can advance recovery-oriented practice in Canada.

Living With Voices

recovery network: Toronto
Our Vales:
These values inform our daily practice. They also inform all moderating decisions on this website/blog.

We honor each other. We accept people as they are: unique, individuals with something to offer and something we can learn from. We remind everyone that there are no limits to anyone’s recovery. We encourage a sense of hope in everyone for their own ability to recover in ways that is meaningful to them. We validate people’s experience and the insights they draw from them. We treat others with dignity, compassion and respect and hold each other in unconditional high regard. We offer choices and options, not answers and solutions. We believe each of us is expert in ourselves, our own condition and experiences. We support each individual’s right to choose what is best for them and to choose who they turn to for support and guidance in making those choices.

The Living With Voices Workshop
We will share common, simple coping tools and strategies for people who hear voices. Share resources and enjoy a safe place to use creativity and express some of your own experience living with voices.
This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: Houselink, 805 Bloor St W, Toronto

When: Thursday June 11th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Ryerson’s 50+ Festival June 1-4

Each year, Programs for 50+ at Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education presents a public festival of creativity and ideas. The 50+ Festival (formerly known as The Silver Screens Arts Festival) celebrates the arts, live theatre, film, and music. It also features an array of lectures by renowned speakers that reflect the content offered by Programs for 50+.

This year’s 50+ Festival offers inspiring sessions that promote conversations about creative aging, reinvention, the business of aging and so much more. Join us on the Ryerson University campus as we celebrate new perspectives and approaches that will challenge your notions of living longer. More info here.

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015 – HEALTHY AGING (Five habits of the aging mind, volunteering, theatre shows
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 – GET PSYCHED! (Engaging with aging and psychology, singers and theatre performances
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015 – INSPIRATION (The woman who changed her brain, talks and theatre shows
  • Contact: 416-979-5000 Ext. 4569 | fiftyplus@ryerson.ca

    Location: 350 Victoria Street, Toronto

Searching for a Test for Depression

The CAN-BIND Study & Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Distinguished Speaker Series presents:
Searching for a Test for Depression: Blood Tests, Brain Scans and Self-Screening

A FREE health talk for patients, families, staff, and community members. Dr. Shane McInerney, Psychiatrist at St Michael’s Hospital and University of Toronto, will provide insights into how depression research and treatment are changing.

Mr. Gord Singer, an award winning speaker and a 16-year member of the Peer Support Specialist for the FOCUS program, will talk about his own personal journey of recovery and how it has shaped his present life and positive outlook. Sponsored by: The CAN-BIND Study; Mood Disorders Association of Ontario; Funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation

When: June 11, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Where: Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute – Room 209, 209 Victoria Street Toronto

Register: Through Eventbrite

Contact: 416-486-8046

Moving Towards Fitness

At Gerstein Crisis Centre, we believe every person has the right to live a self-directed life and to pursue their greatest level of wellness and happiness. Gerstein Crisis Centre has actively supported consumer survivor initiatives by employing consumer survivor run businesses (e.g. Abel Enterprises, Fresh Start Cleaning & Maintenance, Raging Spoon and AWay Express) through all of our operations. We support artists with lived experience and are fortunate to have a beautiful collection of art in both our homes. We house the Consumer Survivor Archives and strongly support their efforts.

Moving Towards Fitness is a free program offered by the Gerstein Crisis Centre. Start to reclaim your health by exploring the connection between physical and emotional wellness. Incorporating physical fitness while sharing positive strategies for managing and finding balance in our day-to-day lives. Facilitated By: A trained fitness instructor/ yoga teacher and a community peer support worker. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate! This FREE program will include: A varied terrain walk, an introduction to circuit training workout and a wellness check in. Please bring: Water, athletic shoes and a towel or exercise mat.

Where: We will meet at the entrance on the corner of Bloor Street West and Keele Street

When: Starts Friday May 29th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine) Every Friday for 4 weeks

Contact: 416-929-0149 Ext. 259 or 232 | moving.towards.fitness@gmail.com

PeerZone Info Session at the Gerstein Crisis Centre

At Gerstein Crisis Centre, we believe every person has the right to live a self-directed life and to pursue their greatest level of wellness and happiness. Gerstein Crisis Centre has actively supported consumer survivor initiatives by employing consumer survivor run businesses (e.g. Abel Enterprises, Fresh Start Cleaning & Maintenance, Raging Spoon and AWay Express) through all of our operations. We support artists with lived experience and are fortunate to have a beautiful collection of art in both our homes. We house the Consumer Survivor Archives and strongly support their efforts.

PeerZone helps to solve a number of problems:

  • It enhances the well-being for people with mental distress. Mental health and addiction services face a real challenge in supporting people to live the lives they want.
  • It provides professional development and support for the peer workforce. The peer workforce is the fastest growing occupational group in mental health today and has a long history in the addiction field. But many peer workers are under-utilised and under-supported.
  • It is very cost-effective. PeerZone is a cost-effective solution from the point of view of participant outcomes and peer workforce development. We achieve better participant outcomes at less cost in three ways.

The Gerstein staff will go into much more detail on the particulars of the program and how to pick and apply to attend the workshop(s).

When/Where: Sunday, June 14 at 519 Church St. Community Centre

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Nicki 416-929-0149 Ext. 232 | peerzonegcc@gmail.com

Unleash Your Creativity

Group Name: Unleash Your Creativity

Description: It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but have no place to
show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started?

We’ve started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. Just a few ideas: Play a musical instrument? How about forming a musical combo and entertain in nursing homes and hospitals? Is writing your thing? How about self publishing? Or upload your creation onto the internet? How about painting or artwork? We could showcase your work at our very own exhibit. Who knows! We may even make a few dollars.

Contact: Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Unleash Your Creativity

It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but no place to show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started? Ken Munro has started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. More details here.

Contact:Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Recovery Forum 2015

Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing. They offer a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Houselink makes it possible for people struggling with extreme poverty, mental health and addiction issues to pursue recovery and build meaningful lives on their own terms.

Houelink’s Recovery Forum 2015 is all about maintaining your wellness. Guest speakers will include a staff and volunteer of the Self-Help Resource Centre. This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto

When: Thursday May 21st, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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