Recovery through the Lens of Cultural Diversity

This forum is for stakeholders from across the city of Toronto, including consumer/survivors, family members, service providers, researchers, and LHIN representatives.

The morning will include:

  • Descriptions of findings from focus groups with Caribbean,
  • Somali and Tamil communities;
  • Presentation of an enhanced model of recovery;
  • A panel of service providers discussing implications for practice;
  • Opportunity for participant dialogue.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Location: Debates Room, Hart House 7 Hart House Circle (University of Toronto)


Space is limited. To register please send an email to Deqa Farah at: or Call: 416 482-4103 ext. 223.

Is there ‘Hope for Recovery’?

Every Door Is the Right Door is the Ontario government’s discussion paper on mental health reform. The paper speaks positively of the recovery approach, but the document is rather general and short on specifics. In the interest of clarity, we are holding a public forum that will shed more light on the future of the recovery approach in our province. Public hearings relating to the ‘Every Door’ discussion paper are underway; however, we believe it is necessary to have a focused dialogue on the future of recovery at the local, provincial and federal levels to ensure its coordinated implementation. This event includes formal presentations from government/policy representatives, who will address how they see the recovery approach being implemented in Ontario, followed by responses and questions from a panel of community discussants, and then a moderated discussion with the audience.

Speakers include: Allan Strong – Self-Help Alliance, OPDI (Keynote) Howard Chodos – Mental Health Commission of Canada David Kelly – ON Federation of Community Mental Health & Addiction Programs Jai Mills & Candy Williams – Central East LHIN, MoH Policy representative – TBA Toronto Central LHIN representative – TBA

Community Discussant Panel: Deqa Farah – Community Resource Connections of Toronto Karyn Baker – Family Outreach & Response Program Kate Storey – Centre for Building a Culture of Recovery

Wednesday December 9th, 1-4pm Debates Room, Hart House, U of T (7 Hart House Circle, near Hoskins and Queen’s Park Circle)

This event is organized by the Leadership Project, and the sponsors are Alternatives, Community Resource Connections of Toronto, and the Family Outreach and Response Program. For more information, contact, Brian McKinnon, 416-285-7996, ex. 227;

We are extremely happy to announce that we will hosting Shery Mead from August 31st to September 4th for a week-long Intentional Peer Support Training.

*Shery Mead Consultant and Peer Provider, New Hampshire, USA is the past director of three New Hampshire Peer Support Programs including a peer run hospital alternative. She has done extensive speaking and training, nationally and internationally, on the topics of alternative approaches to crisis, trauma informed peer services, systems change, and the development and implementation of peer operated services.

Her publications include academic articles, training manuals and a new book co-authored with Mary Ellen Copeland , Wellness RecoveryAction Planning and Peer Support . Shery is currently the project director for the Evidence Based Practice, Consumer Operated Programs Toolkit funded by SAMHSA .

Registrations will be limited. For further information please contact Theresa Claxton, Coordinator, Central LHIN C/S Network at 647-203-3726 or email

Workshop Cost:

$500 for Consumers / Survivor Peers working in the field

$750 for mainstream ally organizations

More details to follow.

If you are a peer currently not employed in the mental health field, but would be interested in this training for future use, please contact us regarding a possible reduced rate.

Future Events

We will also be hosting another session of WRAP Level II Facilitator Training with Ann Thompson in September.  This training is for those who have taken a Wellness Recovery Action Planning session and are considering being able to facilitate WRAP groups. This is a special training and potential employment training opportunity for consumer/survivors. Dates and location to be confirmed soon so stay tuned.

In addition, we will also be hosting a Like Minds training with Kate Storey also in the fall, as part of this comprehensive training opportunity. Like Minds is a peer support recovery education training designed by peers.  Check back for dates but for more information, please contact the Krasman Centre at 905-780-0491.

hands in circle

The Culture of Recovery ( project advances an agenda for change to systems as well as for people experiencing mental health problems and substance abuse. The Culture of Recovery project intends to form a new set of values and principles consistent with a recovery perspective: autonomy and empowerment; building hope and living from a position of wellness not illness.

Engaging and supporting people in recovery[1] to expect wellness and autonomy, and to inspire personal growth and change, requires participatory education, to change beliefs and thinking, as well as experiential education to learn practical skills related to being well and exercising choice. For more detailed information about the project, refer to the Building a Culture of Recovery article under Publications.

Four Pillars define the Culture of Recovery:


The Four Pillars

[1] Language leverages or sustains power and affects engagement. In mental health, the term “consumer” was adopted to shift the label from the primarily medical term “patient” – the term “survivor” is used to indicate the reality of having literally survived both the experience of mental health problem or diagnosis, and its treatment. Our project uses the term “person or people in recovery” as a mindful strategy to promote a hopeful and wellness oriented perspective and because this usage is consistent with recovery as a critical exercise.

Critical and Creative Exploration of Groundbreaking Approaches in Mental Health Recovery

Hart House – 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto – Ontario

Thursday, June 5th and Friday, June 6th 2008

The “International Recovery Perspectives: Action on Alternatives” conference offers participants an opportunity to hear from distinguished clinical practitioners, researchers, advocates, authors and activists who are renowned for their work in alternatives for recovery. The conference is a collaborative initiative between the Leadership Project (Toronto) and the International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR). This is a rare opportunity for Ontarians and our neighbours to meet with, and hear from the members of INTAR and the other international guests who are working to create alternatives to psychiatric treatment, and who are pressing for meaningful change at the local, national and now, international levels.

For more information or to register, please download the full registration package below:

INTAR Registration Package

The Leadership Project and

International Network towards Alternatives and Recovery

present the


Community Revitalization through Mental Health Recovery

Wednesday, June 4th 2008

May Robinson Auditorium

20 West Lodge Avenue, Toronto – Ontario

For more psychosium information contact:

Brian McKinnon at or 416 285 7996 extension 227.

To Register, please download and fill-out the following form:

Psychosium Registration Form



Recovery Education for Mainstream Service Providers: Building & Supporting Recovery Orientation for Clinical Services




The Culture of Recovery ( project advances an agenda for change to systems as well as for people experiencing mental health problems and substance abuse. The Culture of Recovery project intends to form a new set of values and principles consistent with a recovery perspective: autonomy and empowerment; building hope and living from a position of wellness not illness. Recovery Education for Mainstream Providers builds on investments in education for people in recovery and public education.

This workshop is intended for service providers working in the field of Mental Health and Addictions.

Please plan to attend this one day education session for Mainstream Providers who plan

for, lead/manage and deliver clinical services!


Elgin West Community Centre, Palisade B 11099 Bathurst Avenue, Richmond Hill (Ontario) (Bathurst Avenue, just north of Elgin Mills)


Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 10am-5pm Cost: $25.00 (light lunch provided)

To Register: Contact Tanya Shute: 905-780-0491, ext 114

Funded by the Culture of Recovery Project!

Autonomy; choice; hope; wellness; empowerment

Central East Public Education Strategy Committee 2007



Extra Ordinary People


Argument and logic have not convinced people to end discrimination against people living with mental health or substance abuse problems. But understanding how discrimination truly affects people can persuade us to change our attitudes.

Extra Ordinary People

A New Feature Length Documentary by Laura Sky exposes the impact of discrimination experienced by people living with mental health and substance abuse problems and shows the dignity, spirit and hope found in recovery.

Running Time: 109 minutes (Content can be adjusted to suit the audience using chapter selection – contact Krasman Centre for advice)

To order or purchase a copy of Extra Ordinary People for yourself or your organization, please contact: V-Tape at 416-351-1317 or or

You can also complete the following order form and mail it back to vtape. Mailing instructions are included in the order form.  Download

To arrange a screening of the documentary or for more information contact: The Krasman Centre at 905-780-0491 or at