We at PSR Canada feel that it's important for us to share pertinent information about national topics that affect our work in Mental Health and Addictions. 

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As Recovery Practitioners, we want to be continually learning about how to use our practices and the supportive evidence. In Domain C.8 there is reference to the kind of competency we must have to work in our community. Below is a summary and a link to work that is being done Australia.

”The well-being and social emotional development of infants, young children and their caregivers is to the future social fabric of society. To be effective the system of services supporting infants and young children in their families and communities must be integrated across levels of service delivery as well as across sectors. It must also be dynamic and responsive to the changing individual, family, community and environmental contexts. This project known as Better Together reports on research conducted on the System of Care for Perinatal Infant Mental Health (PIMH) in the Cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo in Western Australia and captures initial layers of information about this system.” http://www.iimhl.com/files/docs/20190518.pdf


Happening in September 2019


This year’s addiction and mental health recovery conference theme is “Building on our Strengths”  featuring keynote speakers, workshops, and dialogue opportunities to help create Canada’s National Recovery Capital Assessment Toolkit.

The Recovery Capital Conference of Canada SOLD OUT in 2017 and 2018  — while Recovery Day BC hosted record crowds of over 20,000 people.  This momentum is helping us take the conference to  cities across Canada

This year the Recovery Capital Conference will focus on Building Recovery Capital by engaging  people to gain a better understanding of Recovery Capital and how to foster it in people, workplaces, families and communities.

Conferences in New West BC, Calgary Alberta, Regina Saskatchewan, Winnipeg Manitoba, Halifax Nova Scotia.

Learn More and Register Here


April 2019

January 2019

World Health Organization (WHO) QualityRights initiative – improving quality, promoting human rights:

WHO QualityRights aims to improve the quality and human rights conditions in inpatient and outpatient mental health and social care facilities and empower organizations to advocate for the rights of people with mental and psychosocial disabilities.

Download the WHO flyer that details this project.

From the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) website:

2019 Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) Champions of Mental Health Awards – Nomination Guidelines

What are the Champions of Mental Health Awards?  The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is pleased to invite nominations for its 2019 Champions of Mental Health Awards. The annual Champions awards brings together members of the CAMIMH network, political decision makers, business leaders, members of the national media, sponsors and other stakeholders to celebrate individuals and organizations whose outstanding contributions have advanced the mental health agenda in Canada.

To read more, and nominate someone, click here.

January 2019

The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development is seeking candidates for a National Advisory Council on Poverty.  This ministerial Advisory Council’s mandate is to:

  • provide advice in relation to programs, funding and activities that contribute to poverty reduction;

  • produce an annual report that will provide detailed information on the progress being made towards meeting the poverty reduction targets and other indicators being tracked under the Strategy, as well as advise on poverty reduction;

  • undertake public engagement with various groups, including the academic community and other experts, Indigenous peoples and persons with lived experience of poverty; and undertake other related duties.

    Interested individuals must apply online by January 29, 2019 (23:59 PST).

October 2018

The new government of Ontario has created  an Associate Deputy Minister (ADM) position for Community, Mental Health and Addictions and French Language Services. The new ADM is Tim Hadwen. Tim is an experienced ADM who will bring great insight to this new role.

The memo from the government specified that the policy work on child and youth mental health and new structure at Ministry of Health and Long Term Care will be in place as of October 29, 2018. This is the first time this file has been elevated to a division,

See Global news article.

June 12th, 2018


WAPR e-bulletin–Check out the bulletin HERE.

WAPR stands for World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. 

April 12th, 2018

Decriminalization of Drug Use

Though we at PSR/PRS Canada are not taking a specific stance on this issue, we are aware that this is an important issue for many of us working in the field. 

Please take a minute to look at this document:
Support decriminalization resolution: Add your name on open letter to Liberal party members