Consumer/Survivor Development Program

Who are we?

The Consumer/Survivor Development Program (CSDP) provides peer support, education, consultation and community development services that foster self-help, networking and leadership development for adult consumer/survivors who have or have experienced a serious mental illness.

What services do we provide?

We offer a range of services and supports that include the following:

  • Peer support for consumer/survivors. This might be provided informally on a one-to-one basis or through various groups with which we assist.
  • Provide information on mental illness, medications and other resources by way of the Mental Health Resource Library. (Books, DVD’s, internet searches, etc.)
  • Start-up assistance for self-help    support groups that deal with serious mental illness or related issues.
  • Provide help to consumer/survivors attempting to understand and navigate the formal and informal Mental Health System.
  • Keep consumer/survivors informed about local mental health issues via Pivot newsletter.
  • Offer seminars and talks in the community on issues relevant to consumer/survivors.

What kinds of information and support meetings are offered for consumer/survivors?

Support groups for consumer/survivors differ from time to time and from community to community. CSDP is involved with three different types of groups:

  • Coping with Mental Illness Information and Support Meetings: These groups typically meet once a month and offer members an opportunity to meet others dealing with mental illness and hear how they are coping with similar problems. The groups may also have occasional guest speakers.
  • Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP): WRAP is available individually and in groups. WRAP focuses on five key recovery concepts; Hope – Personal Responsibility – Education – Self Advocacy and Support. For more information concerning WRAP or when and where these groups will be meeting throughout Grey and Bruce counties.
  • Consumer/Survivor Information Resource Sessions: During these sessions mental health information is available. Items could include diagnosis specific information (e.g. schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, depression, etc.), general medication information, system resources, etc. Please call for location and times.

Workshops and Presentations: These occur at various times throughout the year and include such topics as Healthy Relationships, How to Handle Holiday Stress, Leadership 101, Self Advocacy, Motivation and Boundaries. For more information regarding these and other presentations please call CSDP.

Whom do we serve?

CSDP provides service to consumer/survivors who live in Grey and Bruce counties and have a serious mental illness.

Is there a cost?

CSDP is a program of HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our services are offered free of charge.

Can we help you?

If you think CSDP might be able to help, please give us a call at (519) 371-4582 and let us know what you require. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Consumer/Survivor Development Program (CSDP) provides peer support, education, consultation and community development services that foster self-help, networking and leadership development for adult consumer/survivors who have or have experienced a serious mental illness.
In crisis?

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  You may also call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-470-5200.

Consumer Survior Contact Info

1101 2nd Avenue West, Suite 205
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1
Phone: (519) 371-4582
Fax: (519) 371-6138

Special Announcements
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, G & B House, and HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addiction Services. Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), which serves a large population of outpatient adult clients seeking mental health and addictions support, is also part of the MOU and will be working with the group to transition some of its services to the new agency.
At HopeGreyBruce, our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible mental health and addiction services we can with the resources we have. We rely on our clients to tell us whether or not we are meeting that goal…whether we are providing the services they need…whether we are helping them. Your opinion counts – please let us know what you think we are doing well…and also tell us where we need to make improvements.
HGB News
Who should attend this series? This series of four presentations will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about mental illness. It will be of interest to people with a mental illness , family members, friends, neighbours, nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy, students, teachers, and other health and social service workers.
If you are a family member or friend of someone with a mental illness, these meetings may be of interest to you. Would you like to hear about the experience of other who have been there? Would you like to experience support from others who really understand? Are you wondering how other families cope with mental illness? Do you want information and resources to help you understand your role as a family member?
Would you like the opportunity to share experiences and activities with other consumer/survivors? Do you seek understanding in a safe and supportive environment? Are you interested in learning how othere individuals are coping with mental illness? Do you want more information and resources to help you better understand how to live with a mental illness?
Voice of Clients!
Hope is the only thing that keeps me going. I always go to bed at night thinking tomorrow is going to be a better day…not just another day. I wouldn’t have survived without the hope that I receive from the staff at the Markdale office.