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Issue 585 / December 20, 2018

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Webinar for Participants on Starting an Internship

The next OPDI Peer Support Internship Webinar will be held anuary 9th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.  If you have completed the OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials ™ Program and have received a Level 1R you are invited to join if you wish.  Please e-mail and the information to login will be sent to you.

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Ontario Newsroom

Ontario's Government for the People is Reducing Wait Times for Mental Health and Addiction Care

Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was at St. Michael's Hospital to announce the first wave of direct mental health and addictions funding which includes adding more than 50 new mental health beds at 12 hospitals across Ontario. ​

Ontario Improving Rural Services for Women Escaping Violence and Sexual Exploitation

Lived Experience

Tired of seeing colleagues suffer, this cop created a help line for first responders

As his 30-year career with the Peel Regional Police began to wind down, Dave McLellan saw a need to create a peer support network to help first responders. Staffed by volunteers, the network offers help by phone 24 hours a day

Peer Support Programs

DMHS New Leaf Program wins Innovators Lighthouse Award

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Canadian non-profits need an innovation boost

Non-profit organizations are often on the front lines combatting the biggest challenges facing our world today. 

Despite the high stakes, there remains tremendous pressure on these organizations to show accountability. Donors want to know that every penny counts toward service delivery.

As a result, Canada’s non-profits are constantly pushing themselves to drive down overhead costs (which are largely arbitrary), leaving less room for investing in things such as technology that could actually make organizations more effective and efficient.



Friedman: Mental Illness Doesn't Mean Mass Murder, Calls for a Unified Focus by Advocates

The Mental Health System Needs Improvement, But Violence Isn't The Reason​


How the way we talk about addiction can make it harder for people to recover

Amanda Dick says she would have sought help for substance use sooner but worried about being labelled an 'addict.' Many medical professionals agree that the stigmatized language around addiction creates a barrier for those who need treatment.



Emergency Department Visits: Mental Health & Substance Use

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AMHO Snapshots are short summaries outlining evidence, Ontario examples and policy recommendations on topics that are essential to improving the mental health and addictions system. From Addictions and Mental Health Ontario


One in four suicide attempts are associated with perceptual difficulties

Understanding and treating the factors associated with these perceptual abnormalities could prevent at least a quarter of suicide attempts and deaths.​

Suicide Risk Assessment Seminar

25 January 2019 09:15-12:30 EST
Community Outreach Program, Toronto East Health Network


At: Community Outreach Services, Toronto East Health Network (formerly Toronto East General Hospital) 671 Danforth (east of Pape)

Friday, January 25th 2019  9:15am – 12:00 noon or Friday February 22nd 2019  9:15-12 noon

Each seminar will be limited to 16 participants. For further information or to register for the seminar please contact: Alison Licht M.A. C Psych Assoc . or 416 461 2000 X223

Online Workshops

Peer Staff Supervision Training

The Centre for Innovation in Peer Support is pleased to announce another Online Peer Staff Supervisors Training opportunity for three, 2 hour sessions January 22-24 daily from noon until 2 pm ET.
As a former training participant, if you know of someone who would benefit from this training, please forward the flyer along.  As always, don’t hesitate to connect with us or check out our website at:

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OPDI is working in alliance with the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support and serves on the Stewardship Group.

Using Emotional Mapping to Improve Experiences with OCAN: Part 1

22 January 2019    10:00-11:30 EST Online

Do you use the Ontario Common Assessment of Need (OCAN) or work in community mental health? Are you interested in different ways to improve quality within your organization?

If so, register for this upcoming webinar on using a quality improvement approach called experience based co-design (EBCD) to improve the OCAN process. This is the first webinar in a two part series on using EBCD with
OCAN. EBCD is an approach to capture different stakeholder experiences. Emotional mapping is one tool within the EBCD approach that quickly identifies what’s working well and where the pain points are in a process.

Download the flyer


Outreach Coordinator
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Midwestern Region -Kitchener, ON
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Peer Specialist
Penbrook Regional Hospital - Crisis Team
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Manager - Community Programs, Peer Engagement, and Volunteers
Fife House Foundation - Toronto
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Peer Navigator/Research Assistant
Access Open Minds - Chatham-Kent, ON
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Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Facilitator
Hope and Me - Mood Disorders Association of Ontario - Toronto, ON
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Student Wellness Coordinator
University of Waterloo
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Totally Outright Program Coordinator
AIDS Committee of Toronto
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