International Mental Health Conference – Toronto, June 2014

June 2014 in Toronto offers you the opportunity to build your own conference experiencefrom these events…

This post includes brief descriptions, links to more information and links to registration.

Please note each event requires separate registration.


Fri 13th June       |  Psychosis 2.0 

psychosis2-0-flyer1-mark-your-calendars1New understandings, ways of working with and healing from psychosis.

Toronto, Hart House, U of T

A big tent day of six keynotes from world renowned speakers, each offering different perspectives that we can and are beginning to understand and work in ways that offer us all more hope, healing and humanity. Join this conversation with… John Read, Keris Myric, Eleanor Longden, Michael Cornwall, Will Hall, Rufus May

A conference by Leadership Project at Hart House more:


Mon 16th June      |   Living With Voices

Living With Voices-16June2014-posterWorkshop | Showcase | Celebration | Fundraiser

This day focusses on hearing voices, some of the many forms that can take, the many explanations and languages used to describe their experiences.

You might be surprised to learn how common it is to hear voices – many of us will heara voice, or voices, at some time or other.
For many it is a comforting or valuable experience, yet for some it can be bothersome, distracting, disruptive, even terrifying – this can lead to isolation and illness and exclusion from society.

In our society this surprisingly common experience has become a taboo of which we fear to speak.

This pattern is not, for most part, experienced as very helpful or supportive- either buy those who hear voices of those seeking to learn how to support others who do.

Who this event is intended for…
This event is designed to appeal to a broad audience, including workers, family members, friends, the curious, as well as those who themselves hear voices.

The day is intended as an introduction – allowing you to begin to understand a part of the human experience that can be, like any other aspect of life: infuriating, terrifying, mundane, helpful, and even comical.

We hope you will co away from this event understanding there is more to hearing voices than you thought and confident that you can support the people you know or meet who struggle.  We also hope you go away dissatisfied with our society’s current approach and having ideas how you can help to change that.

Who knows, you may even go away wondering how you can hear voices too.

A workshop by recoverynetwork: Toronto at Friends House


Tue 17th June     |   Understanding our Sensitivity

Understanding our SensitivityWorkshop with Rufus May and Elisabeth Svanholmer Limited spaces, registration required

Sensitivity means the ability sense things, such as sights, sounds, other people’s feelings and energies. When we are highly sensitive we notice things others don’t and we are more strongly affected by things. This doesn’t have to be a problem we just need to learn to look after this ability. Some people who are highly sensitive may be told they are mentally ill, looking at them as highly sensitive is another way of approaching things.
The workshop hopes to look at:

  • identifying our particular sensitivities
  • rethinking vulnerability and discovering its strengths and possibilities
  • ways to look after our sensitivity and  overwhelm
  • links between sensitivity, hearing voices, and other powerful experiencesways to navigate insensitive situations

This workshop for anyone interested in understanding highly sensitive people and thinking about our own sensitivities.

Hosted by Recovery Network:Toronto @ Friends House


About recoverynetwork:Toronto

We believe people can and do recover from "mental illness" - because we are living it. We believe in the power of supporting each other: learning from and with each other. You are welcome to join us..
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