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Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa

Alternate Name CV19 ; OCR ; PSO
Former Name Ontario Psychiatric Survivors' Alliance of Ottawa-Carleton
Legal Name Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
The Bronson Centre
211 Bronson Ave, Suite 313
Ottawa, ON K1R 6H5
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Intersection Bronson Ave and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable Route 10
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free occasional parking on the street * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) COVID-19 (20 April 2020) PSO, including all programming in the hospitals, at the Bronson Centre and in the community are closed until further notice. Peer support by telephone and social groups online. Staff can still be reached via phone or email with different hours to accommodate support needs. Families can continue to email and leave messages for the Family Peer Support team and they will be returned. Call 613-567-4379 ext 118 and leave a message.

This information is regularly updated on their website .

Non-profit organization * directed and run by psychiatric consumer/survivors that provides peer support. For peers: * educational and fun workshops * social and recreational events * outings * support groups * volunteer opportunities * free meals are organized for the members (once per month) * Peer Support LIne for PSO members and people in hospital to access by phone at 613-567-4379 or receive telephohe peer support. Visit the website for details. For friends and family of people experiencing mental health challenges: * Family Peer Support: Ongoing weekly drop in family support groups * weekly discussions on various topics such as communication strategies, boundaries, codependency, letting go of control etc. * coffee, snack, sense of community, companionship and support The Community Transitions Group: A support and social reconnection group that runs on Tuesdays * monthly brainstorm challenges and ideas around transitioning from hospital to community
Hours COVID-19 Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon-7 pm * Tue, Thu 12 noon-4 pm * Sun 12 noon-6 pm  
Peer Support Line Mon-Sun 12 midnight-6 pm.
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Individuals 18 years or older having dealt with or dealing with mental health issues. * Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more about mental health issues.
Application Call for more information or to apply
Languages English
Fees Membership - Free for community organizations and individuals who self disclose as living with mental health issues. Includes the use of computers, the library and a lounge area for socializing.
Service Categories Health Related Advocacy Groups ~ Mental Health Issues ; Mental Health Related Support Groups ; Peer to Peer Networking ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Psychiatric Resocialization ; Senior Meals ; Subject Specific Public Awareness/Education ~ Mental Health Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-567-4379
Toll Free Phone 1-877-550-4379
Fax 613-567-4495
Social Media Twitter
Primary Contact Sonja Cronkhite, Executive Director; Phone: 613-567-4379 ext 111
Alternate Contact Christine Chesser, Admin Coordinator - Executive Assistant; Phone: 613-567-4379 ext 112; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Werner Zarth; Email:
Other Details
Established 1991
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health * Ministry of Long-Term Care * Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) ; United Way
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Print Material Newsletter * Pamphlets * Cheap and Free Activities Guide * Community Resource Guide
Resources Website, lending library, Internet access for members
Accreditation No

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