People living with mental health disabilities have unique insight and expertise in mental health disability and accessibility. Within the mental health system, this insight and expertise is recognized and there is a growing inclusion of people with lived experience in service delivery, planning and policy making.
Organizations that support people with mental health disabilities also have important expertise to share, including strategies for accommodation and help identifying socio-economic barriers that people may face.
Are you creating or do you already work with an Accessibility Advisory Committee? Make sure that mental health is represented at the table.
To learn more about mental health accessibility and accommodation or to promote greater participation by people with mental health-related disabilities in your organization, partner with a local mental health organization or ask people with mental health disabilities to collaborate.
Did You Know?
Peer support – a supportive relationship between people who share lived experience of a mental health disability or addiction – is an important part of recovery for many people. Peer supports provide a range of emotional and social support and work in many different settings including hospitals, community mental health and addictions agencies, workplaces, schools and peer-run organizations like Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs).
Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) are organizations or initiatives that are run for and by people with lived experience of mental health disabilities. CSIs play an important role in the mental health system by offering peer support, alternative businesses or social enterprises, advocacy and other types of support.