Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa

Alternate Name 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
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Free occasional parking on the street * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) 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) 
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 Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon-7 pm * Tue, Thu 12 noon-4 pm * Sat, Sun 12 noon-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 Mark Parsons, Finance & Volunteer Coordinator; Phone: 613-567-4379 ext 121; Email:
Other Details
Established 1991
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and 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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