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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.

Alternatives: Crazy/Mad Peer Support

Group Name: Alternatives: Crazy/Mad Peer Support

Description: Alternatives is a community-based mental health agency located in the East End of Toronto providing one-to-one client counselling, case management, and community supports to individuals who have significant mental health challenges. They provide individual community support and counselling, groups, advocacy, linkages to other services, information and referrals. Alternatives is recovery-oriented in that they focus on self-determination, support / connection, and self-advocacy and hope as part of a journey towards improved well-being.

Do you identify as a crazy/mad person, psychiatric survivor, system refuser, service user, and/or person with lived experience? Join fellow crazy/mad peers to hang out, give and get peer support, share info, discuss alternatives to the medical model, engage in systemic advocacy, build Mad community, play board games. For the top secret location (to ensure the anonymity/privacy of members) and/or to join our new confidential email discussion list.

Where: 1245 Danforth Avenue | Toronto, ON M4J 1M8

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in downtown Toronto. Please contact for further dates.

Contact: 416-285-7996 | crazy.mad.peers@gmail.com | info@alternativestoronto.org | www.alternativestoronto.org

Gaining Autonomy & Medication Management (GAM) Training for Peer Support Workers

Quebecoise GAM pioneer, facilitator and psychiatric survivor, Celine Cyr (MSW), will share an approach that can be used to help others create their own plan for their use of psychiatric medication. Gaining Autonomy & Medication Management is about:

  • Learning and understanding psychiatric medication and its effects on all aspects of a person’s life
  • Creating spaces of open dialogue around one’s needs and preferences with respect to medication
  • It’s about making decisions, self-advocacy, engaging external supports, limiting risks and taking charge
  • GAM bypasses the debate ‘for or against’ medication and shifts the focus instead on the subjective quality of life of the person who is taking the medication.

When: Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Registration charge: $60 (Payable to Alternatives; mail payment to Alternatives, 1245 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, M4J 1M8)

Where: Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue (near St. George subway), Toronto, ON M5R 1C7

Contact: 416-285-7996 Ext. 227 | bmckinnon@alternativestoronto.org

Opportunity For Advancement (OFA) – Women’s Wellness

Group Name: Opportunity For Advancement (OFA) – Women’s Wellness

Description: OFA has been developing and offering innovative groups for socially and economically disadvantaged women for over 30 years. We have been part of proudly supporting thousands of women to help themselves gain confidence, self-respect and move towards economic independence.
Opportunity For Advancement (OFA) works with women in disadvantaged life situations. While poverty is an issue for almost all the women, other factors create additional barriers to well-being and equal participation in society.

Women’s Wellness
The Women Under Stress program offers an alternative to the traditional mental health approach to women living in stressful life situations. Women learn to manage their stress in their lives in a free 9 week program which meets 2 mornings per week. Working in small groups, women share experiences, receive information and support, and develop strategies to cope under pressure. They learn about helpful resources and gain support from other group members to assist them to make positive life changes and avoid (re)hospitalization. The program is open to all women, and free childcare and transit fare are provided. *** This program is offered at 5 different locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

Where: 54 Wolseley Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5T 1A5

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-787-1481 | info@ofacan.com | ofacan.com

Alternatives: East York Mental Health Services

Group Name: Alternatives: East York Mental Health Services

Description: Alternatives is a community-based mental health agency located in the East End of Toronto providing one-to-one client counselling, case management, and community supports to individuals who have significant mental health challenges. They provide individual community support and counselling, groups, advocacy, linkages to other services, information and referrals. Alternatives is recovery-oriented in that they focus on self-determination, support / connection, and self-advocacy and hope as part of a journey towards improved well-being.

Referrals are coordinated through Access 1. Clients served must be at least 16 years old and live in East York. Languages besides English are Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, German and Gujrati.

Where: 1245 Danforth Avenue | Toronto, ON M4J 1M8

When: Call for more information

Contact: 416-285-7996 | info@alternativestoronto.org | www.alternativestoronto.org

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