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Sound Times is Different

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Sound Times is a member-driven consumer/survivor initiative providing mental health and addiction services in downtown Toronto, Ontario and is operated by people who have experiential knowledge of the mental health, addiction and criminal justice systems. Our experiences inform our practice and many members of Sound Times find that getting assistance from fellow consumers and survivors, both members and staff, results in a very different experience of “service.”

These services are available to consumers, survivors and people experiencing mental health and addiction problems. Individuals choose to use the service by becoming members. Support is based on what a person thinks would be helpful to them and is offered in a respectful, capable and accepting manner.

Sound Times Support Services of Metropolitan Toronto was incorporated in August 1992. Since those early years, the mandate of Sound Times has expanded due to increases in funding over the years beyond the original social and recreational supports. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network currently maintains all Sound Times’ funding. With this enhanced funding, Sound Times has had the ability to offer more enhanced supports to individuals with specialized, individual supports.

We are operated by people who have experiential knowledge of the mental health, addiction and criminal justice systems. Our experiences inform our practice and many members of Sound Times find that getting assistance from fellow consumers and survivors, both members and staff, results in a very different experience of “service.”

 

Participant Committee

The Participant Committee is chosen by the members to give voice to the members of Sound Times at the Board and enables members to bring forward suggestions, ideas and concerns about participation at Sound Times.

The Committee meets regularly and manages the budget for activities at Sound Times. We also meet with the general membership once a month who give us feedback to report to the Board, help us decide on activities, and address issues at Sound Times.

Participant Committee continues to create informative and exciting events, including monthly BBQs with over 100 attendees; Lunch and Learns brought experts from the community including lawyers, psychiatrists, the landlord and tenant board, and more.

The Advocacy Committee members have advocated to improve rooming houses and Toronto Community Housing (TCHC); shelters, ODSP levels, and more at City Hall and in the  community. Jacques Tremblay and the committee organized film screenings and discussions. The members then identified common housing issues and solutions, including greater survivor involvement.

This year we have a film committee, which will try to create films about our experiences. 

We also have a celebration committee to organize events like the holiday party (December 20-22).

 


 

The BULLETIN 

Sound Times is publishing the Bulletin a resource for the community. The Bulletin connects you to useful resources and ideas to take control of your life. We also share news and events to build community. 

READ the Bulletin Now

The Bulletin is the publication of and for the consumer survivor community. It continues the legacy of the Consumer Survivor Information and Resource Center, which produced the Consumer Survivor Bulletin. Sound Times publishes "The Bulletin". Sound Times is a consumer survivor initiative.

You can subscribe to the Bulletin for free here 

 


Print the Sound Times Postcard easily with this .PDF link

Text of postcard: Stressed out? Mental health problems? Substance use? Legal Problems? Health Problems?  WE CAN HELP YOU. Resource centre open Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm  Cold breakfast 9:00 am – 11:00 am Computer access  Staff to help with problems getting what you need Support groups  On site lawyer, doctor, psychiatrist and foot clinic  Individual support if you’re involved in the justice system: court support, release plans, assistance with bail, probation/parole  280 Parliament St. at Dundas 416-979-1700  In custody? Call collect 416-979-8853  Friendly, respectful, accepting services provided by people who’ve been there.

 

Labels and Language

Consumer / Survivors

Disabilities,

Rights,

Mental Health or Illness,

Diagnosis

Participant Committee

The Participant Committee gives voice to the members of Sound Times at the Board and enables members to bring forward suggestions, ideas and concerns about participation at Sound Times.

The Committee meets regularly and manages the budget for activities at Sound Times. We also meet with the general membership once a month who give us feedback to report to the Board, help us decide on activities, and address issues at Sound Times.

Participant Committee continues to create informative and exciting events, including monthly BBQs with over 100 attendees; Lunch and Learns brought experts from the community including lawyers, psychiatrists, the landlord and tenant board, and more.

The Advocacy Committee advocated to improve rooming houses and Toronto Community Housing (TCHC). Jacques Tremblay and the committee organized film screenings and discussions. The members then identified common housing issues and solutions, including greater survivor involvement.

Members Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

We have developed a system of Bill of Rights and Responsibilities [Link] together. 

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