Read more for a list of resources on the Recovery approach to mental illness.
Mental Health Recovery: www.mentalhealthrecovery.com
Founded by Mary Ellen Copeland, this site is rich with recovery resources and articles you can download including wellness tools, crisis planning, how to renew hope, dealing with symptoms and hope inspiring recovery stories. Click under “recovery resources”.
Thunder Bay Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force: www.heresthedeal.ca
The Thunder Bay Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force is a community collaborative that was formed out of a call-to-action in 2007. This call-to-action was based on the growing need to address youth mental health issues and tragic events, such as suicide.
Mind Your Mind: www.mindyourmind.ca
This is a place for youth and emerging adults to access info, resources and tools during tough times. It’s an interactive site with lots of recovery stories and useful tools.
National Network for Mental Health: www.nnmh.ca
“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 issues impacting persons living with mental health issues/illness/disability.”
The Village: www.mhavillage.org/
This is a recovery based mental health agency out of California. The lead psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Ragins, has provided recovery training to many Thunder Bay Mental Health Agencies. The site contains articles by Dr. Ragins on recovery that you can download.
Schizophrenia Society of Ontario: www.schizophrenia.on.ca
The Schizophrenia Society and its many local chapters offer self-help support groups for family members of individuals with schizophrenia. To find support groups in another area, visit the website, or call the Society’s Ontario office toll-free at 1-800-449-6367
Freedom Center: www.freedom-center.org
“Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe ‘mental disorders.’ We call for compassion, human rights, self-determination, and holistic options. We create alternatives to the mental health system’s widespread despair, abuse, fraudulent science and dangerous treatments. We are based in pro-choice harm reduction philosophy regarding medical treatments, and include people taking or not taking medications.” This site contains personal stories under the section titled “Speakout”.
Reach Out Australia: au.reachout.com
Information aimed at youth and mental health along with other youth topics
UK Centre for Mental Health: www.centreformentalhealth.org.uk/
Contains personal recovery stories along with information on how agencies can implement the recovery approach.
Recovery Devon Group: www.recoverydevon.co.uk
An independent community of people of good will who support Recovery and wellbeing; both as a personal vision and as an underpinning value base to promote radical change in mental health attitudes and provision.
Wellbeing Recovery Learning: www.wellbeingrecovery.com
“Wellbeing recovery learning is structured life learning in a peer support context – designed and delivered by and for people with experience of mental distress.” Mary O’Hagan”
Pat Deegan Common Ground: www.patdeegan.com
Pat Deegan & Associates produces CommonGround; helping people work with psychiatrists to arrive at the best decisions for treatment and recovery.
National Empowerment Centre: www.power2u.org
Recovery is real and this website is filled with practical information that will help you recover if you have lived experience with mental illness.