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Resource Guides

Making Choices Guide

Making Choices is the comprehensive guide to mental health services, supports and resources in the City of Toronto. It is intended to provide both an overview of parts of the mental health system, detailed information about individual mental health services, supports and resources, and related information. This guide is intended for use mainly by consumer/ survivors (persons who are users of the mental health system), by professionals helping them and by family members.

Challenges and Choices

This guide is for people looking for mental health services in Ontario.
You could be looking for services for yourself, a family member, partner
or friend. Or you could be a health care provider who wants to help
clients and families find out about diff e rent services and how to use them.

Welcome Home

This guide provides information about services that can help you stay healthy and housed.  It is designed for use by anyone looking for assistance.

Toronto’s Community Resources For Gay/Bi/Queer/Trans Guys

This listing of programs and services for gay, bisexual, queer and trans men in Toronto has been developed through the Making the Links program housed at the Hassle Free Clinic. This City of Toronto-funded program is designed to increase and facilitate access to existing HIV/poz prevention community programs for men who access clinic services. Programs listed in this resource range from providing education to individually-focused services as well as broader social and support groups. These programs engage service users in a process of becoming more cognizant and taking ownership of their health needs whether physical, emotional, psychological, or spiritual.

The Voice Inside – A Practical Guide to Coping with Hearing Voices

Hearing voices can be a very disturbing experience, both for the person who
hears voices and family and friends. To date, very little has been
written about this experience and its meaning. Usually it is regarded as
a symptom of a mental illness and is not talked about because it is a
socially stigmatizing experience. In this guide we ask what is it like to
hear voices, why does it start and how can people cope better with this
experience? This guide is targeted at voice hearers, family and friends, as well as
being of interest to professionals working with voice hearers.

Ontario Mental Health Police Record Check Coaliton – Info Guide to Mental Health Police Record Checks

Ontario’s Mental Health Police Record Check Coalition (PRCC) is raising awareness. Now is the time to halt the disclosure of non-criminal mental health contact information in police background checks.

Your Education Your Future – A guide to college and university for students with psychiatric disabilities

Attending college or university opens up an exciting world of possibilities. It can also be pretty challenging. But if you’re living with a mental illness, you’ve faced challenges before. This resource is designed to make your transition to college or university just a little bit easier. It takes you through all the steps of going to school, providing information and tips for anyone living with a mental illness.

Dual Diagnosis Handbook

This is the fourth edition of the resource handbook for persons with an intellectual
disability and mental health needs (dual diagnosis) in Toronto. It has been designed to be a helpful resource for consumers, family, friends, advocates and service providers. It identifies key organizations in Toronto and effective strategies to help you plan and get the supports and services you need. The focus is primarily adults but does include some services for youth as well.

Action Steps To Real Work

This document is organized according to three different target groups: employers, mental health service providers and consumers of mental health services. It is hoped that the strategies suggested will provide steps for each of these groups to take so that, when working together, they will maximize the possibilities for successful employment.

Hanging In There

This booklet is written primarily for people with psychiatric disabilities and it reflects their personal view points on the subject of job retention.

Steps To Employment

This workbook is meant to help individuals with mental health problems build self-confidence and create ideas on how to find a job. The exercises in this manual are designed to help identify strengths and expectations about work/life balance. These exercises are also beneficial for those in a support group and job skill building sessions.

Strategies For Success

This resource guide developed for the Access to Real Work project of the Canadian Mental Health Association – National office. It includes two sections; the first on Hints on Employment providing guidelines for new employees and what to expect, and the second on Workplace Accommodations. The information comes from career counsellors and the personal experiences of consumers.