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Current Members List
(In alphabetical order)

Alberta Network for Mental Health (Fellowship)

The Alberta Network for Mental Health is an organization where mental health consumers can work with each other to reduce their isolation, share resources and support, and strengthen our collective voice. We are a point of contact for Dual Recovery Anonymous, a 12 step program that helps people overcome addiction and mental illness. We are also a clearinghouse of information and referral for the mental health consumer movement and other resources mental health consumers may require. Our organization was founded in 1993.

The Alberta Network for Mental Health is a provincial organization that strives to improve the quality of life of mental health consumers in Alberta through the encouragement of self help / mutual aid and the promotion of "self respect through achievement".

Alberta Network for Mental Health
Suite 45, 9912 - 106th Street
Commonwealth Building
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5
Phone: (780) 452-1930 Toll free: 1-866-452-1933 (Canada wide)
Fax: (780) 428-2832
Email: Community Networker: [email protected];
Reception: [email protected]; Dual Recovery Anonymous: [email protected]

Carmela Hutchison, President
Box 282/815 Pioneer Drive
Irricana, Alberta T0M 1B0
Phone: 403-816-7301; Fax: 403-935-4271; Email: [email protected]

Mental Health Support Network LogoMental Health Support Network
MHSN is a Network of Peer Support Centres serving South East Ontario.  The purpose of the Network is to provide a "basket of services" that will facilitate full community membership for adults who self-identify as Consumer/Survivors of the Mental Health System.      MHSN is funded by the South East Local Health Integration Network. 

MHSN Health Support Network ~ Coordinating Centre
C-2, 350 Front Street, Belleville, ON K8N 5M5
(613) 969-0122 Fax - (613) 969-1850
Executive Director - Ross Wagner -
[email protected]
Executive Assistant - Jessica Hughson -
[email protected]
Financial Manager - Phil Kerr -
[email protected]
BUILT (Building Up Individuals through Learning and Teamwork) Network

To empower individuals with personal and professional skills, in a supportive environment, which leads to increased self-esteem, confidence and self-reliance. Working together to build bridges, strengthening communities by developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and improving quality of life through the achievement of goals.

Ken Porter, National Program Director
591 Main St East, Suite 104
North Bay, ON
P1B 1B7
Telephone: (705) 475-0979
FAX: (705) 475-1641
E-mail: [email protected]


CHANNAL - Consumers Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland And Labrador

CHANNAL's goal is to build and strengthen self-help initiatives among individuals with mental health issues/difficulties. CHANNAL aims to combat isolation, to educate the public on issues relevant to consumers of mental health services, advocacy and to provide social and emotional support, skill building opportunities and a forum for consumers' concerns.

Peter Ralph, President
Karon-Ann Parsons, Provincial Executive Director
CHANNAL Provincial Office
3 Second Avenue, Deer Lake, NL
A8A 2A7
Phone: (709) 636-4709
Toll Free: (888) 636-4709
E-mail: [email protected]


Chenier Consulting Canada

Richard Chenier, Managing Partner
65 Manor Crescent
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 1R4
Tel: (705) 422-1027
Fax: (705) 422-1028
Email: [email protected]


Mind Your Mind is an award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where you can get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis and mental health problems. Share what you live and what you know with your friends. That’s what we’re about. Reach out. Get help. Give help.

Sharron Zweig, O.A.T.R.
Co-Coordinator, Education and Training
Youth Discovery Program and
Family Service Thames Valley
125 Woodward Avenue London, On., N6H 2H1
P 519.433.0183 ext. 7213
F 519.433.4273
Email: [email protected]

The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society (MSS) is a non-profit, charitable, community-based mental health self-help organization which was formed in 1979. Established by concerned family members, today MSS is a "family" of consumers, family members, service providers and friends who support its mission, vision, passion, and core values.

Our Mission:
“The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, Inc. is a consumer focused, family sensitive mental health self help organization dedicated to the improvement of quality of life for all those who are affected by schizophrenia and co-occurring disorders through education, peer support and advocacy by working in partnership with consumers, families and service providers.”

Our Vision:
"Promoting a dignified, non-discriminatory quality of life for those living and recovering from schizophrenia while seeking a cure for schizophrenia."

Chris Summerville, Winnipeg Contact
3-1000 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0N3
Tel: (204) 786-1616
Fax: (204) 783-4898
Email: [email protected]

National Network for Mental Health (NNMH)

The purpose of the National Network for Mental Health, which is run by and for mental health consumer/survivors, is to advocate, educate and provide expertise and resources that benefit the Canadian consumer/survivor community.
The focus of our organization is to network with Canadian consumer/survivors and family and friends of consumer/survivors to provide opportunities for resource sharing, information distribution and education on mental health issues.
The principals of inclusion, informed choice and individuality are the focal point. The individuality of each consumer/survivor is valued and appreciated. Working toward the common goal of advocating on behalf of the national mental health consumer/survivor community is accomplished by empowering individuals who together create a powerful united voice. 

National Executive Director
Suite 604 - 55 King Street
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 3H5
Telephone: 905-682-2423
Toll-Free: 888-406-4663
Fax: 905-682-7469
E-mail: [email protected]


Native Mental Health Association of Canada - Inter Tribal Health Authority

Inter Tribal Health Authority exists to support its Member First Nations by enhancing the quality of life and well being of their people and families through community development, professional consultation and direct health services. We are working together for Healthy Nations

ITHA is owned and operated by 29 member First Nations.

Ray Maguire
534 Centre St.
Nanaimo, British Columbia
V9R 4Z3
Phone: (250) 753-3990
Fax: (250) 753-5224
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-777-4842
Toll Free Fax: 1-877-778-4842
Email: [email protected]

NEON - NorthEastern Ontario Network

A non-profit organization that has been incorporated since July 2002. NEON is not funded and depends upon fundraising to support the activities of the organization.

NEON is a group of individuals and organization that seek to support, empower, and educate consumer/survivors, family members and friends, community, social service and health professionals and the public on issues relevant to mental health, mental illness and mental wellness.

NEON is directed by a board of directors who are mental health consumer/survivors from across the northeast region. There ais also one seat for each of the following; a family member, a representative from the francophone community and a participant from the native community.

  • We hope to ease the geographic and social isolation throughout the region.
  • We believe in community inclusion and seek to provide a voice for consumer/survivors in community at all levels of government.
  • We seek to encourage the community to eradicate the stigmas and discrimination associated with mental illness.

Ellen Cohen
Email: [email protected]

Ontario Association of Patient Councils

Theresa Claxton, Chair
235 Cocksfield Avenue
Downsview, Ontario M3H 1T2
Tel: 416-633-9420 ext. 2285
Email: [email protected]

Ontario Peer Development Initiative

Ontario Peer Development Initiative’s mission is to acquire, understand and amplify the unique and distinct voice of consumer/ survivor organizations across Ontario. The experiential expertise of our peers will shape the mental health system to achieve a valued, recovery-oriented, community-base approach to support.

Deborrah Sherman, Executive Director
1881 Yonge Street, Suite 614
Toronto, ON M4S 3C4
Phone: 416-484-8785
Toll free: 1-866-681-6661
Fax: 416-484-9669
Email: [email protected]

Opportunity Works


In an environment of mutual respect and understanding, Opportunity Works strives to help participants reach their potential through business skill development and mental health self-management.


Our vision is for people challenged by mental health issues to sustain their wellness, improve their economic capacity and contribute meaningfully to their communities.

Kathrine Bourassa  , Executive Director
Opportunity Works
915 33 Street NE, Calgary, AB T2A 6T2
Phone (403) 263-8888
Fax (403) 264-1775 or
Email: [email protected]


Our Voice/Notre Voix

A mental health magazine from New Brunswick, Canada whose purpose is to promote the viewpoints of those having psychiatric contents in their lives. This consumer / survivor / user / client run initiative is a means for us to enhance empowerment and solidarity within our community.

Eugene LeBlanc, Publisher / Rédacteur
Our Voice / Notre Voix
PO Box / CP 29004
Moncton, New / Nouveau-Brunswick
E1G 4R3
Fax: 506-854-5532
Email / Courriel: [email protected]
Site Web Site:

Partnership for Consumer Empowerment Manitoba

A mental health program offering workshops and presentations throughout the province of Manitoba. These workshops present consumer perspectives of living with mental health problems, the concepts of empowerment and recovery, and other related topics.


All people living with mental health challenges in Manitoba have the knowledge, skills, resources, supports, and opportunities they require for their recovery; and for meaningful participation in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of mental health services.

The purpose of PCE is to:

1. To increase awareness of the consumer role in recovery.

2. To build consumer capacity and to increase consumer participation in the planning, development, delivery, and evaluation of mental health systems, services, and programs.

3. To serve as a centre of technical assistance and expertise to persons and organizations across the province.

Horst Peters, Program Coordinator
4 Fort St, Suite 100
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1C4
ph: 204-953-2354
fax: 204-775-3497
[email protected]
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People for Equal Partnerships in Mental Health


PEP recognizes the innate dignity and worth of each person. This belief directs our efforts to assist persons who have experienced the trauma of mental illness to reach their fullest potential as members of this community.

Organized by the Consumer Survivor Development Initiative and funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, PEP objectives are to:

  • Assist and participate in the development of self-help groups.
  • Encourage all psychiatric consumers to participate in the planning, management, evaluation, and delivery of the mental health system.
  • Make representation to the government for the enactment, repeal or amendment of legislation dealing with mental health issues.
  • Network with other mental health consumer/survivors who are working to improve their lives.
  • Sponsor and organize varied educational opportunities related to mental health issues and services.

John Bowcott, Executive Director
489 McIntyre Street West
North Bay, ON, P1B 2Z3
Phone: (705) 494-4774
Fax: (705) 494-4775
E-Mail: [email protected]

The Self-Help Connection

providing emotional and social support, and practical help in dealing with a problem common to all members

The Self-Help Connection is a Self-Help Resource Centre or Clearinghouse for over 500 groups in Nova Scotia, including support groups for abuse, anxiety, stress, depression, manic depression, addictions, bereavement, eating disorders, parenting, care giving, heart and stroke, cancer and divorce.


Information and Referral
To provide information on self-help groups, resources and issues, and to refer individuals to the appropriate self-help group, professionals, community resources

Capacity Building and Support
To develop projects/programs to meet the health needs of specific health populations; to help individuals set up, lead and maintain self-help groups; to assist professionals in setting up support groups and peer support networks

Research and Evaluation
To conduct research on self-help and mental health issues; to train and mentor mental health consumers in participatory action research initiatives; to evaluate programs and projects of the Self-Help Connection

Roy Muise
63 King Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 2R7
Phone: (902) 466-2011
Fax: (902) 404-3205
E-mail: [email protected]


SOS - Second Opinion Society


Resource centre, library. Self help for people who have had experience with the mental health system looking for holistic alternatives. Soup lunch at noon on Thursdays as a social activity. Periodic workshops, special events, peer support.

Gisela Sartori, Coordinator
708A Black Street
Whitehorse, Yukon
Y1A 2N8
Phone: (867) 667-2037
Fax: (867) 667-2037
E-mail: [email protected]

South Western Alliance Network (SWAN)

The South Western Alliance Network (SWAN) is a not for profit regional organization comprised of psychiatric consumer survivor groups throughout the South Western Ontario Region, and is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

SWAN’s Goals Are To:

  • Identify, discuss and act as a potential resource around issues related to consumer survivors in the south west.
  • Reduce isolation by encouraging support and friendship among consumer survivor initiatives in the south west.
  • Encourage and promote self-esteem and mental wellness.
  • Encourage liaison between consumer survivor initiatives, service providers and government.
  • Promote awareness and understanding of consumer survivor issues to the general public and service providers.

Provide information, education and resource materials to consumer survivor initiatives.

Barbara Frampton, Outreach Manager, CEO
47278 Mapleton Line
Aylmer, ON N5H 2R6
Phone: 519-765-4483
Fax: 519-765-4483
Email: [email protected]

Vancouver/Richmond Mental Health Network Society

Supportive network for clients of the mental health system, open to anyone who has been to see a psychiatrist. Provides peer counselling support, support groups, information and referral, newspaper 'The Bulletin', resource library, job and community events postings, computer and internet access, special events, and public education from the viewpoint of consumers and survivors. Support groups include men's group, women's group, Latin American group, Native talking circle, shatki South Asian women's group, Pan Asian group, expressive art group, co-ed badminton/volleyball, and conversation cafe. Encourages holistic mental health services, reveals discriminatory and unfair practices in services and legislation, and opposes mental health services that are unjust, unsafe, or violate human rights.

Susan Friday, President
Ron Carten, Co-ordinator
#201 - 1300 Richards Street
Vancouver BC   V6B 3G6
Tel: 604-733-5570
Fax: 604-733-9556
E-mail: [email protected]

Founding Members

  • Alberta Network for Mental Health

  • CHANNAL - Consumers Health Awareness Network of Newfoundland And Labrador

  • Loise Forest

  • Robert Mackay

  • The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society

  • Mood Disorders Society of Canada

  • National Network for Mental Health (NNMH)

  • Native Mental Health Association of Canada

  • NEON - NorthEastern Ontario Network

  • Ontario Association of Patient Councils

  • Ontario Peer Development Initiative

  • Opportunity Works

  • Our Voice

  • Partnership for Consumer Empowerment Manitoba

  • PACE

  • PEP - People for Equal Partnerships in Mental Health

  • The Self-Help Connection

  • SOS - Second Opinion Society

  • South Western Alliance Network (SWAN)

  • Nerée St. Armand

  • Vancouver/Richmond Mental Health Network Society

  • Youth In Care