OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #446 July 17, 2015

Highlights include:  London OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Training in Fall; Toronto Police Shooting Updates; Ottawa Police To Offer Peer Support Training; Peer Support Resources; Systemic Review of Recovery Factors; Jobs; News; and More.


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1. Ontario Newsroom

The province reminds people how to protect themselves from the medical consequences of ticks and mosquitoes:

Protect Yourself from Ticks and Mosquitoes This Summer

Help in the recruitment of Ontario's First Patient Ombudsman (repeat):

Help Ontario Recruit Its First Patient Ombudsman

2.  OPDI Peer Support Core Essentials Training in London
We are in the process of planning a training in London from October 19th – 23rd, 2015.  For more details please email opdi@opdi.org.
3. Peer Support Training for Parents and Family Members

Are you a parent or family member looking for training to become a peer support worker, supporting other parents and family members?  OPDI has had some inquiries in the Toronto area and we are wondering if there is enough interest to run a special parent & family class.  If you are interested please contact us at opdi@opdi.org.

4. Toronto Police Shooting of Andrew Loku (Update)

Brave but true words from Aseefa Sarang, Across Boundaries CEO (where the victim was known to staff) and Desmond Cole (a freelance journalist who wrote the Toronto Life article on being carded more than 50 times by police):

"Andrew Survived War, and Then Had to Be Killed Here"

Fatal Police Shooting "An Act of Racism", Sarang Says

Let's Face It:  Toronto Police Have a Racism Problem

5. Promising Practice:  Researching a Harm Reduction Home for Sudbury

The local community brought in an expert from Ottawa (which has had a harm reduction home for 15 years) to help with the steering committee's efforts to set one up by year's end:

Redefine Ideas of Success, Group Told

6. NISA's "Open Minds" Quarterly in the Spotlight

The Sudbury CSI's literary magazine is looking for stories:

Mental Health Magazine Looking for Stories from Northern Ontario

7. A Doctor's Warning on Opioids

This commonsense article about the dangers of prescription painkillers is worth reading:

Proceed with Caution on Painkillers

8. Private Addiction Facilties Raided over Unlicensed Employees

Police raided several facilities connected with Addictions Canada, which calls itself the largest private drug and alcohol treatment centre in the country:

Police Search Addiction Canada Locations After Unlicensed Employees Allegedly Posed as Doctors


9. A Peer Worker is Interviewed

This is a great interview with a peer worker:  you learn about his personal history, what he does, and his background with hearing voices as well:

Albert Garcia:  Peer Support is a Way of Surviving, Supporting Others with Schizophrenia

10. Resources for Peer Support Staff
The Lewin Group is an American organization that in partnership has recently produced two videos and corresponding tip sheets for behavioral health provider organizations. These products describe success stories of peer support staff and advise organizations on how they can best use peer support staff to improve their care delivery.  We have a video and two fact sheets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ08zCaKmlQ (closed captioned)
Leveraging the Lived Experience of Peer Support Staff in Behavioral Health

Tips to Reduce Negative Attitudes Faced by Peer Support Staff

11.  Ottawa Police to Offer Formalized Peer Support Training

The idea is to develop a program where cops help other cops through their mental health challenges: 

Ottawa Police Approve Mental Health Plan for Officers

12. Adulthood Interrupted:  The Role of Mental Health Disorders

Childhood behavioural disorders, even if they are resolved, have a way of interfering with normal adult lives:

Mental Health Disorders Disrupt Children's Transition to Adulthood

13. The Doctor's Perspective:  When a Patient Doesn't Want to See You

A physician writes about what it feels like to be obsessing over a patient that she feels needs medical attention but can't (or won't) be reached:

Sometimes the Patient's Just Not that into Me

14. Globe and Mail Article:  Hearing Voices

Kevin Healy, whose workshops on healing voices we have publicized in the past, is among those quoted in this story:

How Hearing Voices, Long Assumed a Sign of Mental Illness, Can Be A Part of the Human Experience

15. Systemic Review:  What Factors Promote and Challenge Mental Health Recovery?

A broad review of the literature was undertaken to find out what persons diagnosed with schizophrenia found out about psychosocial factors that determined their progress towards recovery:

What Psychosocial Factors Promote and Challenge Mental Health Recovery?

16. Eric Cartman from "South Park" and Insights into Psychopaths and Sociopaths

A psychologist writes on the differences between these two types of mentally disordered individuals and how a cartoon character embodies the definition of one of them:

Savvy Psychologist:  How to Identify a Psychopath or Sociopath

17. Your Phone Knows About Your Depression

It's a small survey (28 users) but researchers monitoring their smartphones could assess their states of mind quite well:

Your Phone Knows if You're Depressed


18. Mapping the Peer Movement Event (WAIT LIST ONLY)

We have an attached poster for this July 23 event; unfortunately it is wait-list only.  However, if you complete the survey there is an option to receive the results of the event.

We also have a poster and a web link.

19. Charity Village Job Postings

The Opening Doors Project at CMHA Toronto is looking for a Peer Trainer.

The Council of Ontario Universities is looking for a Policy Analyst, whose responsibilities include maintaining websites on accessibility and mental health.

20.  EENet Survey on Knowledge Products

From time to time NewsToGo has shared with you EENet's information that includes knowledge summaries, briefings and surveys.  They would like you to provide input on their knowledge products by completing this survey:

Give Us Your Input on Our Knowledge Products

21. C/S Info Centre Board Recruiting

The Consumer/Survivor Information Resource Centre of Toronto is looking for people to join our Board of Directors.  We’re looking for people with some experience being on a board, some with financial experience, computer skills, or taking minutes of a meeting. You must have lived experience of a mental health or addictions issue and be and comfortable identifying as such, and have a desire to help the consumer/survivor community. We want to reflect the diversity of our community. Our expectations are that you will attend board meetings once per month and be on one committee. We are a governance board that does not get involved with the day-to-day running of the Centre.
If you are interested in this opportunity, then reply no later than August 12, 2015,
Please send your resume, &/or a letter saying why you would like to be considered for a position on our board to:

Consumer/ Survivor Info Centre
c/o CAMH, The Mall
1001 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1H4
or to: csinfo@camh.ca

Interviews will be held on August 26 and a date TBD in September.
New Board Candidate Orientation will be held in late September.
Our Annual General Meeting will be held October 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

The Consumer/Survivor Information Resource Centre of Toronto is a small non-profit organization that is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care through the Toronto Central LHIN (Local Health integration Network). We have been in operation since 1992. We are located at the Queen Street site of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and we thank them for their generous support in providing us with rent-free premises and for paying for the postage to mail our newsletter, The Bulletin. We have our own funding and our own Board of Directors and we are an independent organization.  Our main services are to provide information on a wide variety of topics to people who call or drop-in to our premises; to maintain a diverse collection of materials on topics of interest to consumer/survivors; to publish a twice-monthly newsletter called The Bulletin; to provide a year-round tax clinic for low-income consumer/survivors to have their taxes prepared for free; and to host a series of information workshops on topics of interest to the c/s/x community.

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