OPDI News & Events

OPDI NewsToGo Issue #494 August 19, 2016

Highlights include:OPDI News; Police Shooting Updates; MHCC Board Applications Now Open; "The Secret Handshake" Peer Support Group; Jobs; News; and More.

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1.  OPDI 2016 "Mobilizing Support" Conference and AGM Package Now Available!  Register Today!

Our conference package is now available here and on our website.  This is a great time to follow us and learn what we are about in this, our 25th anniversary.  You also benefit from gaining more insight into the peer support movement in Ontario, as well what your fellow mental health and addiction stakeholders in Ontario are up to.

2.  Learn about Peer Support Certification and Write the PSACC Exam During the OPDI  Conference/AGM

For the PS Certification Information session, register:


To register in advance (note the deadline date), register:




3.  OPDI's Lighthouse Awards Recognizes Peer Support Champions -- Nominate One Today!

Find out how to apply through our website.

4.  Ontario Newsroom

Development of a psychological health and wellness standard for this group of first responders is a welcome initiative.   It acknowledges the need for special attention for these and other public sector employees who are subject to stress on the job:

Ontario Partners with Paramedic Association of Canada to Improve Mental Health

5.  Fort McMurray's Mental Health Toll

As a result of the devastating forest fires earlier this year, over 20,000 people (nearly a quarter of the residents) have requested mental health counselling:

Mental Health Referrals Spike in Wake of Fort McMurray Fire

6.  Roundup of News about Police-Involved Shootings of Persons with Mental Health Issues

The latest news is that the province will not fund lawyers for the families of shooting victims at inquests:

Ministry Stands Firm on Denying Funding for Families of Police Shooting Victims

Former Ontario Ombudsman and SIU Veteran Andre Marin has these thoughts about a file he knows very well:

Here are the Top 10 Ways to Fix the SIU

You may have overlooked an incident where the outcome was happily resolved without violence:

Police Praised for Arresting Man with Knife on TTC Bus After 5-Hour Negotiation

Abdirahman Abdi was an Ottawa man who died last month after being arrested by police was also a racialized person with lived experience of mental health and addiction issues:

Ottawa Police Background Investigator Quits

The importance of video evidence shows up again:

Why Video Could Be Key in Probe of Abdirahman Abdi Death During Police Arrest


7.  The Secret Handshake:  the First Peer Support Group Found by and for People with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Please browse their website and read about their accomplishments and their wish for a home of their own.

8.  Apply to Join the Board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada

Please view this announcement.  Deadline is August 31, 2016.

9.  Job Postings

Mental Health Rights Coalition (Hamilton CSI) seeks an experienced peer support worker to fill a peer support worker navigator position at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington. This 20 month position is open to all applicants with experience and training in  peer support. You will report to the Executive Director of Mental Health Rights Coalition and management at Joseph Brant Hospital. Please apply in writing by August 29th at 4pm. For details please see job posting here.
We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Pieces to Pathways (P2P) at Breakaway Addiction Services is a peer-led initiative creating Canada’s first substance use support program for LGBTTQQ2SIA youth 16 to 29 years old in Toronto.  They are hiring 2 Program Facilitators.

CMHA York and South Simcoe's Peer Support Specialist Competition continues.

10.  CONNECT for Mental Health (London) Summer Wellness Event (repeat)

Check out this link to their website for the latest updates on the "Wellness by the Water" family event taking place Sunday, August 28th.  We repeat the special appeal:

Help us to Help Others.
Sadly, there are many individuals in our community who simply cannot afford the low price of $10 for a ticket to our "Wellness By The Water" event, but they would no doubt benefit greatly from the day out, the exposure to resources and the opportunity to connect with others.
If you cannot attend but would like to do something, why not consider purchasing a ticket(s) and letting us know you are donating them to those less fortunate and we'll ensure that your ticket goes to someone who will benefit from it.
Simply purchase tickets through our website and leave us a note at the time of the transaction, or email us at tickets@connectformh.ca and let us know you'd like to donate to those less fortunate.
Thanks for your Kindness!!

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