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Event Name

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other Inside and Outside the Mental Health System
Regular Meeting
For: General public
Provided by: Mad Students Society

Date and Time

Sat Mar 9, 2013 (This event is over)


Event Description

What? A peer support meeting in Ottawa

When? Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where? University of Ottawa. Email [email protected] for details.

Who? Students (from any college, university, or adult education course/program) and people planning to return to school with personal experiences of psychiatric systems, madness, mental illness, mental health disability, emotional or spiritual distress, etc.

Cost: FREE!

Join Alisa and Elizabeth for an informal conversation about navigating the mental health system to get what we want and need – and where we find support outside of mainstream recommendations.
• Talk with people who’ve been there about our experiences with crisis lines, emerg services, hospital care, medication, case managers, counsellors, and psychiatrists.
• Share info about CBT, the best self-help books, WRAP, recovery, group therapy, intake processes, wait-lists, and good doctors.
• Discuss with your peers how helpful (or not) music, pets, friends, sleep, sex, exercise, pizza, veggies, spirituality, meditation, television, sunlight, or activism is to your quality of life – and how you explain this to your mother when she wants you to see your GP.
• What’s the most unusual “alternative” source of care and support in your life?
Of course, we look forward to hearing whatever else is on your mind!

Can’t make the meeting? Looking for other support? Join our active email discussion listserv to continue this and other conversations. The listserv is a private place for members to talk about our lives, support each other, discuss ideas, share info/resources/events/news, and arrange local gatherings wherever we happen to be.

Questions? Directions? Nervous? Need Something? For further info, location details, to join the listserv, or if you have accommodation needs, want someone to meet you at the bus stop, or would like to chat with a member before the meeting, please email Alisa and Elizabeth at [email protected]

More about us: Mad Students Society (MSS), created in 2005, is a community of students who are attending or planning to attend post-secondary or adult education institutions and have personal past/present experiences with psychiatric/mental health systems. We meet monthly (in Toronto and Hamilton) and communicate through an email listserv to support each other, discover tools for self-advocacy, and connect with our history and broader social movements. Visit our website at or find us on Facebook.

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