TEACH is a peer support initiative for individuals (age sixteen and older) who have or experienced mental health or substance use challenges and have interacted with the mental health systems.
TEACH helps individuals in their personal recovery using a recovery philosophy and providing peer-led and peer-developed programs. Programs are offered across the Mississauga and Halton regions.
TEACH is committed to using a person-centered, recovery based approach.
TEACH was founded as a Steering Committee called Consumers for Consumers in 1997. The committee was created to found a consumer survivor initiative through out Halton region. Funding for the steering committee was provided by the Ministry of Health, Ontario through a seed grant. Oakville Re-Entry Homes was selected as the transfer payment agency and continues to partner with TEACH as Support & Housing – Halton. In July of 1997, Consumers for Consumers hired a project coordinator and conducted a needs assessment of Halton region. The main priorities were identified:
1. Increased public awareness
2. Education on mental health
3. Improved advocacy through consumers helping other consumers.
The original TEACH mission statement was: “To promote the growth and stability of all psychiatric survivors through out Halton region. United by our commonalities, we will educate the public and ourselves, to gain acceptance for the consumers population about issues we face. Through our resources, information, advocacy and peer support programs, we will teach our families, friends and community how to reduce stigma and enhance a society where mental illness has governed the lives of many.” TEACH developed its first operating plan in 1999.
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