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Citizens With Disabilities Ontario (CWDO) is committed to the rights of all persons to participate fully in the civil, cultural, economic, political and social life of their communities.

Mental Health Issues

Not every disability is obvious.  Mental health disabilities are invisible and misunderstood.  People who are impacted by mental health issues often face prejudice and discrimination due to the stigma attached to mental health disabilities. It is difficult for people with mental health disabilities to organize themselves, seek out support groups, or help others to understand what they need due to the very nature of their mental health status.
CWDO does not yet have a committee dedicated to this important area.  If you would be interested in taking a lead in this area, please contact Terrance Green, Chair, Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario.
In the meantime, here are some current information on Mental Health. 


  • Mind Your Mind - a website by youth, for youth, to help each other with stress, mental health issues, self-harming behaviours or suicidal thoughts
  • Check Up from the Neck Up - Learn more about mood disorders on this site and find resources to help yourself, your family members, or friends. Has a simple and private online tool to help you assess your own mental health.


Ontario Releases Mental Health And Addictions Discussion Paper (a news release with links)
Out of the Shadows at Last - Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada | HTML format |PDF format - Part 1 | PDF format - Part 2 |


Implementation Manual for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (February, 2008)



If only the walls of these psychiatric institutions could talk

Last updated March 13, 2010