Friends & Advocates is a Community Adult Mental Health Organization, and has provided Social Rehabilitation services since 1986. Since the mid 1990’s funding for our services have flowed through the Central West Local Health Integration Network from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Friends & Avocates continues to offer support to those who have experienced Mental/Emotional Distress resulting in Social Isolation. We provide members with opportunities to develop strong Communication, Interpersonal and Leadership Skills. We offer opportunities for members to develop their Leadership, Interpersonal and Social Skills through over 40 activities per month and training programs.
Social Rehabilitation in Mental Health
Here at Friends & Advocates we believe in Social Rehabilitation!
This is a Social Rehabilitation Organization that requires that those using the services are in key decision-making positions. (ie: Board of Directors, Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs.)
Social Rehabilitation means achieving success in respect of the determinants of health (a safe place to live, ways and means to contribute to the community, and the development / maintenance of positive relationships with self/family/friends) by providing skill development choices for the member. These include: psycho-social support, education, training, social interaction and assertive life skills. The opportunities for persons with mental health concerns are to develop personal and inter-personal skills as well as social and leadership skills. This is so that when a member chooses to do so, they can interact fully in their own community, as they themselves would define it. With support these opportunities are planned, implemented and facilitated by those persons who would use them!