Welcome to Ontario Peer Development Initiative
Ontario Peer Development is an organization of organizations. Our members are mental health Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and Peer Support Organizations across Ontario. These organizations are run by and for people with lived experience of a mental health issue or addiction issue. Our members provide a wide range of services and activities within their communities. No two are the same, but all approach their activities from the common understanding that people can and do recover with the proper supports in place, and that peer support is integral to successful recovery. Most of our member organizations work with their local mental health system tables to bring the consumer voice to service planning, evaluation, and coordination, and provide direct informal or formal peer support and self-advocacy support to individuals.
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OPDI in turn brings the voice of these organizations to provincial-level policy and planning processes, research projects, and systemic advocacy issues.
Our free weekly electronic bulletin highlights current news and developments related to mental health, addictions and the social determinants of health. Anyone may subscribe. Simply click the logo to access the four most recent issues and the auto-subscribe function. You can expect NewsToGo in your email inbox toward end-of day, every Friday, 45 weeks per year.
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OPDI Lighthouse Awards
Our Annual Lighthouse Award program currently has five categories: three individual awards and two for organizations. The Lighthouse statuette, designed by the late glass artist Shirley Elford and made at Thorn Glass Studio in St Jacobs, comes in a wooden presentation box from Able Enterprises in Simcoe. Nominations are now open for 2012! Click the logo for the nomination package.
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OPDI Training Programs
OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Program is a basic skills training for people who have recovered their own mental health to the point of being ready to support others on their recovery journey. It was developed through a thorough consultative process with our members and others, and can be made available on a cost recovery basis whenever there is a critical mass of learners and an OPDI licensed trainer available.
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Our New Website
Welcome to our brand new redesigned website!
In this age of Facebook, Twitter, and mobile computing, the way organizations need to present themselves on the Internet needs to change and OPDI understands this also. Our website is now more interactive, visually-based, and accessible whether you are using a smartphone or a desktop.
*OPDI gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.