All posts in “consumer survivors”

Road to Employment

Are you ready for employment, career change, self-employment? How do you do job search and career exploration? Road to Employment is a series of workshops being offered FREE of charge by the great folks at Houselink. There is a general assessment to be done in person or by phone. These workshop will continue to run until June 4, 2015 and there are some guest speakers scheduled. There is also an opportunity for one-on-one help with resumes, cover letters and job searching techniques. Please call for further information.


  • Interview Skills / Self Marketing (April 27 & 29, May 4 & 6)
  • Know Your Rights / Employment Standards Act (May 11 & 13)
  • Health and Safety / Accommodation (May 19 & 20)
  • Job Retention / Life Skills (May 25 & 27)
  • Starting a Small Business and Self-Employment (June 2 & 4)
  • City of Toronto Job Search Training (TESS) (June 1 & 3)

Location:1678 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M5P 1A9

Contact:Angela 416-516-1422 Ext. 26 | |

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 | | |

Krasman Centre – Drop in

Group Name: Krasman Centre – Drop-in

Description: The Krasman Centre is a Consumer/Survivor Initiative funded primarily by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care but also receives funding through various grants and foundations. A Consumer/Survivor initiative is an type of organization that is governed, led and staffed by consumer/survivors and family members (when appropriate).The goal of the Krasman Centre is to serve as a physical hub and resource for the community of Psychiatric Survivors and their Families and Friends serving York Region (Richmond Hill main location) and South Simcoe (Alliston satellite location) of the Central Local Health Integration Network. We offer and operate all of our programs through two drop-in centres, with a variety of peer support, mental health recovery* and social services programs serving people who experience mental health extremes or labels as well as people who experience homelessness.

The drop-in is a safe and supportive place that emphasizes helping individuals feel autonomous. The centre helps people help themselves, and one another. It is a place where there are no demands and no pathologizing – where one can just relax, enjoy and experience what the peer recovery movement has to offer. Within the drop-in we also offer the following resources:

  • Information and resources about variety of mental health recovery related topics
  • Training, education and skills building
  • Computer/Internet access, phone/fax/photocopier use for consumer/survivors and self-help initiatives
  • Workshops and groups promoting creativity such as arts and crafts, poetry, and book club
  • Basic needs for people experiencing homelessness: kitchen, assistance with winter needs, shower (Richmond Hill), laundry (Richmond Hill), etc.

Where: 10121 Yonge Street | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 905-780-0491 | 1-888-780-0724 |

Mad Students Society

Group Name: Mad Students Society

Description: MSS is an organization run by and for students. MSS was created to provide peer support, advocay and self-empowerment for students experiencing mental health issues in post-secondary institutions and other centres of education.

Students meet monthly and communicate through an email listserv to support each other, discover tools for self-advocacy, and connect with our history and broader social movements.

  • monthly meetings currently hosted in downtown Toronto, North York, and Hamilton at confidential locations (for Hamilton meetings visit
  • additional informal meetings, social events, and gatherings organized by members on the listserv wherever they live
  • also moderate an active, private, email discussion listserv open to members living anywhere in the world
  • for meeting location details or to join the listserv, email

Eligibility: Ages: 16 year(s) and up. Members must be students who are attending (or on leave/taking a break) or planning to attend post-secondary or adult education institutions and have personal past/present experiences with psychiatric/mental health systems * no formal screening, wait list, or documentation is required.

Where: Online listserv welcomes members living anywhere in the world — many members live in Southern Ontario

When: Peer support meetings are free and held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:30-5:30 pm. Please contact for any more details.

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