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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.”

[Link Annual Report] 

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).

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.

History of Advocacy and Activism

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Members Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

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

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