Helpful People & Places


Canadian Mental Health Association has offices across Canada and since mental health is affected by numerous factors from daily life, including the stress of balancing work with health and relationships, offers resources to help you stay mentally fit and healthy.

Canadian Psychological Association objectives include promoting excellence and innovation in psychological research, education, and practice; and promoting the advancement, development, dissemination, and application of psychological knowledge.


National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), has had the mandate to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.

People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability.

Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada is a non-profit charitable organization, which represents over a hundred Canadians who were born disabled as a result of the thalidomide drug, a drug prescribed in the late fifties and early sixties to pregnant women to relieve morning sickness.

Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

Opportunity Works Calgary Inc. provides the support and guidance that entrepreneurs with mental health challenges need to succeed and we do it all at no cost to our program participants.

British Columbia

The British Columbia Schizophrenia Society is a province-wide family support system with 30 Branches and over 1600 members dedicated to supporting each other, educating the public and advocating for better services for people with schizophrenia.

Maritimes (NB,NS,PEI,NFLD-LAB)

Alternative Residences Alternatives Inc. offers a variety of housing services : from crisis intervention care, 24 hr. supervised care, independent shared residences, and independent single apartment housing options for our clients living with a mental illness.

The 13 New Brunswick Community Mental Health Centres (CMHC), are responsible for managing community-based programs and ensuring ongoing community, consumer, and family involvement through community Advisory Committees (CAC).

LakeCity Employment Services Association is a non-profit agency that offers free employment services to people with a mental illness. Our service is mobile and is available throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)

The Ability Employment Corporation is a not-for-profit organization that provides career counselling and job placement services to persons with disabilities and those facing barriers to employment in the discovery zone

Consumers’ Health Awareness Network Newfoundland And Labrador (CHANNAL) is the only consumer-led mental health organization in the province. We are a provincial non-profit organization that exists to build and strengthen a self-help network among individuals who live with mental health issues.

Our Voice allows the freedom to express opinions on topics, which are relevant to wellness, madness, and its treatment in New Brunswick or elsewhere. This publication serves as an empowering tool in public education, advocacy and community pride for people who have lived experiences with psychiatry.


The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) promotes, supports and enables Canadians with disabilities to lead active, healthy lives. We are an alliance of individuals, agencies and national associations that facilitates and coordinates partnerships among its network members.

Adult Mental Health Services Haldimand-Norfolk REACH provides children’s mental health services, developmental services, Autism services, youth justice services, family services, a residential program for youth and early learning and care services in the Hamilton/Niagara Region. 1-800-265-8087

A-Way Courier was founded by former psychiatric patients specifically to provide jobs for survivors of mental health challenges. Yes, the patients are running the institution, and they have been running it successfully for over 25 years, with more than 1,900 customers.

Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses CFMHN is by psychiatric and mental health nurses, for psychiatric and mental health nurses, and strives to ensure a national voice in matters relevant to psychiatric and mental health nursing

Canadian Psychological Association The national voice of the discipline and profession of psychology in Canada by supporting and promoting the science, practice and education of psychology and its application in the service of the health and welfare of Canadians

The Community Network Support Team (CNST) is a program committed to the improvement of mental health and addiction knowledge and resources/information for the people of Grey and Bruce counties.

Fresh Start Cleaning and Maintenance: Company staffed by psychiatric survivors * supportive environment with flexible schedules * emphasis on communication, team work, problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution in nonprofit employee-driven business environment * opportunities to raise self-esteem

Hong Fook Mental Health Association cultivates holistic health in mental illness treatment and wellness. Working together with clients, consumers, and their families, Hong Fook has grown to three service locations in Toronto: Downtown, North York and Scarborough

Independent Living is a philosophy, a way of viewing oneself and a way of society viewing people with disabilities. It is a matter of perception. This philosophy is facilitated by Independent Living Canada and its network of member Independent Living (IL) Centres.

Leeds & Grenville Rehabilitation & Counselling Services works to foster recovery, well-being and hope for those living with mental health issues by providing the right combination of services, treatment and support, at the right time and place.

NISA / Northern Initiative for Social Action: Run by and for consumers we develop occupational skills, nurture self-confidence and provide resources for recovery, by creating opportunities for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their community.

Peer Development Initiative: Peer supporters are living, breathing proof that recovery is achievable. They can help you navigate the journey to wellness by shedding light on the rocky parts.

The Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office protects and promotes the rights and entitlements of Ontarians with mental illness through advocacy, rights advice and education.

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) is a non-profit member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system. PSO has grown into a dynamic group of over 200 consumer/survivors from all walks of life. Membership is free to psychiatric survivors.

Grey Bruce Community Health Corporation provides counseling, case management and housing support for adults with a serious mental illness (ie. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression) in Grey and Bruce Counties. (519-376-2121 ext. 2460)

Ontario Peer Development is an organization of organizations of Consumer/Survivors and Peer Support in Ontario. All are agreed that people can and do recover with supports in place, and that peer support is integral to successful recovery.


AMI-Quebec helps families manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy. Most programs are free! 1-877-303-0264