CONNECT for Mental Health is a not-for-profit peer support organization run by and for individuals who have been affected by mental illness. CONNECT has been providing peer support since 2007.
Founded by Michelle Solomon, then a student nurse, it later became a not-for-profit organization in 2011. CONNECT's volunteers provide a variety of peer support services in London, Ontario. Volunteers receive training in peer support from CONNECT for Mental Health’s training program or the Ontario Peer Development Initiative’s training program.
Our vision is to promote sustainable systems of support that enable individuals affected by mental illness to thrive and maintain wellness in the community.
- To SUPPORT individuals affected by mental illness.
- To EDUCATE a wide audience on relevant mental health topics.
- To provide OUTREACH to the community to help decrease stigma and promote early intervention of mental health disorders.
What is Recovery?
Everyone has a personal definition of recovery. Overall, recovery can be summed up to mean: a deeply personal, unique process of changing one’s attitudes, values, feelings, goals, skills, and/or roles. It is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life even with limitations caused by illness. Recovery involves the development of new meaning and purpose in one’s life as one grows beyond the catastrophic effects of mental illness (Nursing Inquiry Journal, 2011).