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Mission Statement

We work collaboratively with consumer/survivors and families to improve lives through information, networking, self-help, mutual support, and partnership. All programs and services, including volunteer-delivered programs, are delivered by people who identify as having direct personal experience of mental health extremes and/or homelessness and/or people who identify as psychiatric consumer/survivors as part of our peer support philosophy.

Our Charitable number # 86775 6686 RR0001

Recovery education is a supportive peer support learning process that assists people to understand and manage their mental health/addiction problems, enhance their well-being and achieve the lives that they choose. The evidence for recovery education is constantly growing and the results are:

  • Increased sense of hope.
  • Increased sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.
  • Increase in self-perceived recovery.
  • Reduced experiences of psychosis and anxiety.

Recovery education including peer zone, wellness recovery action planning, pathways to recovery, etc. provides the opportunity for peers to be part of an ever-growing work force and “the opportunity to give back” as paid peer support workers who facilitate recovery education groups. It enhances their well-being in many ways, including becoming empowered and improved physical, psychological, social and spiritual health. Many people who experience mental distress and addictions struggle financially and this gives them the opportunity to live more comfortable lives, as well as giving purpose to their life.  Peer support in its many forms is also extremely cost effective as it reduces hospital admissions, emergency visits, and reliance on other mainstream mental health/addiction services which are financially more expensive in the mental health/addiction system.

(Source: Making the Case for Peer Support: O’Hagen, Cyr, McKee and Priest, Mental Health Commission of Canada, September, 2010).

The following are links to some organizations that offer Peer Support training programs and/or resources for Peer Support workers

OPDI (Ontario Peer Development Initiative) training

Mental Health Rights Coalition

Self Help Resource Centre

Living Works

ODSP Peer Employment Mentoring program ~ Norther Lights Canada



**These PeerZone training’s are for experienced facilitators only PeerZone trainings fall 2016 and winter 2017

The Following power point presentations are from the Krasman Centre’s 2016 Conference Developing and Supporting Peer Support Teams with Keynote speaker Mary O’Hagan.

Krasman Centre Recovery and Wellbeing O’Hagan

Krasman Centre Development of Peer Support O’Hagan

Krasman Centre Peer Teams and Wellness Thompson

Acknowledgments & Accreditation
The Krasman Centre is generously funded by:

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Proudly Awarded Primer Accreditation through Accreditation Canada!
Important Announcements & Facebook Links

The Krasman Centre is excited to announce some of our new and up and coming programs:

Wellness Collaborative Initiative in Partnership with Addictions Services York Region, Vita Nova, Black Creek Community Health Centre, Across Boundaries and Caritas

South Simcoe Peer Outreach Program

Coming Soon ~ Peer Recovery Education Program

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Charitable number # 86775 6686 RR0001

Check out our facebook pages at:

Richmond Hill facebook page

Alliston facebook page

Warm Line and Peer Crisis Support Service

The Warm Line and Peer Crisis Support Service is now 24 hours per day, 7 days per week Call 1-888-777-0979

Contact Information

Main Office (Richmond Hill)

10121 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON
L4C 1T7
tel: 905-780-0491
fax: 905-780-1960

Satellite Office (Alliston)

17 Paris Street
Alliston, ON
L9R 1J3
tel: 705-435-0054
fax: 705-435-6340

Toll Free: 1-888-780-0724

LOFT Crosslinks partnership (Newmarket)

102 Main Street S
Newmarket, ON
L3Y 3Y7
Hours of Operation

Richmond Hill