CMHA-CT has provided the following resources to help non-professionals understand and deal with mental health issues.
Peer Support, now recognized as an evidence-based practice in the mental health field, offers many benefits to the peer workers, the employing agency, and most importantly, the people receiving service. This video shares these messages from the perspectives of a Peer Employment Training instructor, graduates of the training, and management of the Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane Timiskaming Branch.
Psychosis 101 - Symptoms, Myths and Treatment of Psychosis - A resource website for anyone looking for more information on psychosis.
Recovery Related Links
www.recoveryopportunity.com - The Recovery Centre is the training and consultation arm of Recovery Innovations, a leader in providing mental health services out of several sites across the United States. Their website describes many resources available to those interested in promoting recovery.
psrrpscanada.ca/ - Psychosocial Rehabilitation of Canada is an association committed to the provision and growth of psychosocial rehabilitation services to support the recovery of persons with serious mental health issues. In addition to information on the association, and useful information on upcoming events, the "PSR Practice Standards and Definition of Recovery-Orientated Services is also posted on their site.
www.yale.edu/prch/recovery/index.html - Yale University's Program for Recovery and Community Health has been an important contributor to our understanding of how to promote the recovery, self-determination, and inclusion of people facing psychiatric disability, addiction, and discrimination. Their website describes their programs including consultation available, and also provides links with a wide array of tools including assessment, planning and practice guidelines.
www.bu.edu/cpr/ - Boston University's Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation have been pioneers in the field of improving the lives of people who have experienced serious mental illness, and are at the forefront of work in the recovery field. Their website describes their programs and offers many useful links and tools, including a repository of recovery resources.
www.dbhids.org/assets/Forms--Documents/transformation/PracticeGuidelines.pdf - The City of Philadelphia has been undergoing an impressive system-wide transformation in the services offered to people with mental health issues and intellectual disabilities. These guidelines are the result of the collective work to date, and provide guidance on delivering services that truly support recovery and resilience.
www.scribd.com/roisin_fergus/d/39328952-100-Ways-to-Support-Recovery - Rethink, a leading mental health charity in the United Kingdom, offers this series on providing hope and empowerment to all who experience serious mental illness. It is a practical publication for anyone interested in better understanding recovery and how to support it.
www.scottishrecovery.net/Narrative-Research-Project/narrative-research-project.html - Amazing recovery-oriented work is going on in Scotland. This website of the Scottish Recovery Network describes many projects, including inspiring first-person accounts of people who have recovered.
Kids Have Stress Too, highlights the real mental health issues our children can be exposed to in today's society. If you deal with children in any manner, this fact sheet will help you better understand childhood stress and give you ways to help them.
Mental Health for All is a brief tip sheet on a number of ways to maintain mental health. If you feel a need for help, or know someone who does, this is a good first step.
Mental Health is Everyone's Concern is a fact sheet that gives basic information on the more common issues, the impact of these issues and a few myths and facts. If everyone had at least this basic level on knowledge, society would be more tolerant and helpful.
Resiliency is about building one of the key tools in maintaining mental health. Everyone will benefit from this simple yet profound knowledge.
Staying on Top of Your Game contains strategies for keeping your mental health in top shape. Even the most balanced of us can use a new idea or two to keep on top of our game.
Stigma and Discrimination is a far too common result when mental health issues are raised. This fact sheet explores the causes and effects of this and gives concrete ideas on what can be done about it.
All of our offices have free material as well as books to loan on many aspects of mental health. Visit or call your local branch to se if they have what you are looking for.