OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #394 May 23, 2014

Highlights include: OPDI Peer Support Conference Call for Abstracts; CCLA Report on Police Records Check; Provincial Election Update; Krasman Centre WrapHub and Peer Navigators; Trauma-Informed Resources; News; and More.


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  1. Call for Abstracts:  OPDI 2014 Conference

SAVE THE DATE - Ontario Peer Development Initiative’s PEER SUPPORT CONFERENCE will be held October 6 & 7, 2014 in Toronto.
We are inviting you to submit a workshop abstract for the Conference scheduled for October 6 & 7, 2014.  Based on the results of the “Burning Issues” session at the 2013 conference, we welcome workshops in the following areas of interest, but submissions are not limited only to these areas:

  • Recruiting and engaging a diverse membership
  • Training staff and board for effective organizations
  • Accessibility of peer support groups and organizations
  • Accountability: getting the work done and telling the real story
  • Empowerment and authenticity: maintaining a member driven and person centred program
  • Advocacy: loss of voice and rights
  • Integrations, mergers, absorptions. How to work IN the system but not be OF the system
  • Challenges of Rapid Growth
  • Staffing Challenges

We are looking for the most innovative workshop topics that you believe will be beneficial to Consumer/Survivor Initiatives and Peer Support Organizations, and will be positively received by those attending this conference.
Workshop Formats: Each workshop will be 90 minutes and should include a presentation, interaction and discussion. Proposals should address the following:
• Session Title
• Objectives/Intended Outcomes for Participants
• Presenter(s) Biography
• Contact Details
• Audio-visual needs
• Workshop description (this will be used in advertising materials, 100 words or less)
Please submit your abstract by e-mail to opdi@opdi.org or fax to 416- 484-9669.
All abstract must be received by June 11th, 2014.
For further information please contact Allyson Theodorou at 416-484-8785 ext. 2 or by e-mail at allyson@opdi.org

  1. Canadian Civil Liberties Association Launches Police Records Checks Report

It’s available on a brand new website that invites you to take action:
CCLA Record Checks

  1. TVO’s “The Agenda” Features Health Care on its Election Coverage

This panel discussion features both front-line health workers and representatives of all four major political parties.  Elsewhere find out more about the positions of the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance:

  1. Provincial Election Update

Get the PC party platform here:
The NDP party platform is here:
As always, the to-go website of the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance is:

  1. Krasman Centre Launches WRAPhub.com

This York Region CSI funded by Central LHIN has expanded its WRAP training and therefore has launched a separate website:
Take a look at the most recent Central LHIN newsletter that mentions the WRAP funding as well as the Peer Navigator initiative for which we have been sharing the job postings:
Enhancing Mental Health and Addiction Services in Central LHIN

  1. CTV Series on Addiction

This link will take you to a series of videos on addiction with interviews from experts and those in recovery:

  1. A Long Read About Alcoholism from an Alcoholic

Expect to invest at least 15 minutes of reading time if you dare to click on this link:
To Hell and Back:  Alcoholism, Addiction, and the Lessons they Taught Me

  1. A New Addiction Trend:  Seniors and Painkillers

We hear from this American news source:
Seniors’ Addiction to Prescription Painkillers

  1. A Landing Page for Trauma-Informed Practices

Several resources accessible from the Internet are included, included “Trauma Matters” produced in association with the Jean Tweed Centre by the Drug Treatment Program Fund (DTPF).
Trauma Informed

  1. One in Five British Teenagers Self-Harm

Does anyone know of a comparable Canadian study?  Email opdi@opdi.org if you have information you wish to share. These sobering statistics show that youth mental health is a priority:

Shocking Figures for Self-Harming Teenagers in England

  1. St. Michael’s Study Links Gambling and Homelessness

This study of Toronto homeless population cautions us that perhaps an emphasis on substance use and mental health in this population isn’t enough:
Gambling Addictions are Nine Times More Likely among Homeless

  1. Peer Support Specialist with CMHA York and South Simcoe
This full-time permanent position is with the Early Psychosis Program with an application deadline of May 30th:
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The Staff of OPDI
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