Mental Health Library

Here you find a collection of website links, PDF reports, books and other resources of interest to consumer/survivors, family members and service providers.

A Practical Guide to Mental Health and the Law in Ontario

The Mental Health Act in Ontario is a law that governs how people are admitted to psychiatric facilities, how their mental health records are kept and accessed, their financial affairs are handled, and how people can be released into the community. The Health Care Consent Act deals with how people are treated or cared for in various facilities, and how decisions are made about their care. The Substitute Decisions Act deals with guardianship, "substitute decision makers", and Powers of Attorney-- issues related to making health care decisions for people deemed "incapable".

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October 13, 2012

Being There- When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You

Being There: When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You is a practical resource booklet for companions (a friend, family member or co-worker) of someone experiencing a mental health problem. The booklet is targeted to help ordinary non-professionals who wish to assist someone they know who is experiencing a mental health problem. The guide gives practical advice and suggestions, including coping with the mental health system, handling emergency help and caring for yourself. Written by Katherine Farris and Larry MacDonald, the advice is based on interviews with a wide range of experienced companions, as well as doctors, psychiatric nurses, case workers, community mental health professionals, and consumers.

To request a free booklet, contact your local CMHA branch in Ontario or send an email to the CMHA Ontario provincial office at

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February 17, 2006

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies

For anyone who would like to learn what CBT is all about, this book is a good introduction. It is available to borrow from the Toronto Public Library. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, by Rob Willson and Rhena Branch, Chichester, West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons, 2006, 330 p.

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February 8, 2007

Happiness 101- An Overview of Positive Psychology

This article from the January 7, 2007 edition of the New York Times Magazine provides a good overview of positive psychology.

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February 15, 2007

Henson Trust Handbook

This handbook is for families who want to help support a relative who receives ODSP benefits. It explains how you can help your family member without affecting their ODSP benefits. ODSP (Onatrio Disability Support Program) is the program for providing social assistance in Ontario to persons who have a physical or mental disability.

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July 10, 2008

Information in other languages

This link provides access information (fact sheets) in other languages.

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June 13, 2009

Living on the Ragged Edges: Latin Americans & Muslims & the Experience of Housing in Toronto

Immigrants, refugees and homelessness in Toronto

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December 1, 2009

Personal Health Information Protection Act (Ontario)

The Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 is a new provincial law that governs the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information within the health care system. The object is to keep personal health information confidential and secure, while allowing for the effective delivery of health care services.

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July 13, 2006

Psychiatric Patient Advocates Office (PPAO) Infoguides and Rights Guides

This page provides an alphabetical listing of all of PPAO's InfoGuides.

This list is excerpted from the site map on their web site

Accessing Personal Health Information Records
Admission to Long-Term Care
Amicus Curiae For ORB Appeals
Appeal: Consent And Capacity Board
Appeal: Legal Aid Ontario Decisions
Appeal: Ontario Review Board
Community Treatment Orders
Complaints About Health Care Practitioners
Complaints About Lawyers
Coroners' Inquests
Covert Medication
Deemed Hearings under the Mental Health Act
Disposition Orders
Driver's License Suspension
Fitness To Stand Trial
Form 1: Assessment
Human Rights Complaints
Informal Patients
Involuntary Patients
Making an Informed Decision About Your Treatment
Mental Health Act Violations - Section 80
Personal Health Information Protection Act
Police Complaints
Police Record Searches
Power Of Attorney: Personal Care
Power Of Attorney: Property
Religious And Spiritual Rights
Residential Tenancies Act
Restriction Of Liberties Hearings
Rights as a Psychiatric Patient
Searches: Person And Property
Self-Advocacy Four Steps To Successful Advocacy
Substitute Decision Makers
Systemic Advocacy
Treatment Incapable In The Community
Trusteeships for Ontario Disability Support Program Recipients
Victim Impact Statements at the ORB
Voluntary Patient

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April 30, 2015

Recovery & Hearing Voices

Ron Coleman and Paul Baker from Working to Recovery have been key members of the worldwide hearing voices
movement for the last twenty years. In this leaflet they introduce the philosophy, research and practice that inform
this innovative approach. 

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April 1, 2015

Recovery Through The Lens of Cultural Diversity

Many provincial mental health system reform bodies in Ontario have endorsed the concept of recovery, as have the Kirby Commission, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and a number of Toronto-area Local Health Integration Networks. Increasingly, community mental health organizations in Toronto are seeking to align their policies and practices with a recovery vision and principles.

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November 9, 2010

Secret Handshake

The first and only diagnositic specific peer group/network in Canada for people with Schizophrenia. Our recovery model is simple and practical.

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October 5, 2009

Supportive Housing and Diversity Group (SHAD)

The three documents composing the Best Practices in Developing Anti-Oppressive, Culturally Competent Supportive Housing project are the outcome of a one-year research project undertaken by the Supportive Housing and Diversity Group (SHAD), with funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and from CAMH as the lead agency. SHAD was established in 2002 as a multi-agency working group of housing providers and support service providers with the goal of improving housing stability and reducing homelessness for racialised and ethnic minority clients with mental health and addiction issues.

Background Document

Literature Review


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September 19, 2008

The Justice Process: A Guide for Families

If your family member has a mental illness and has come into contact with the law, you might find yourself supporting them as they move through the justice system. This guide explains how the justice system works, from the time of the offence to sentencing, so you will know what to expect at each stage.

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October 10, 2012

The Voices Inside: A Practical Guide to Coping with Hearing Voices

This guide has been written by the Hearing Voices Network as an introduction to a new way of thinking about "hearing voices."

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April 1, 2015





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