She explains that
Recovery and Peer support are not new concepts or recent developments in mental health. The Canadian Mental Hygiene Association (now the Canadian Mental Health Association) was founded in 1918 on the knowledge that people can and do recover from mental disorder, and that people with lived experience of disorder make significant contributions to their own recovery and to that of others. This article briefly traces the history of mental health reform in Canada. It discusses the evolution of Women’s Mental Health programs at the Royal, and how all of the groups offered today have been influenced by women who themselves have experienced mental disorder and recovery.
See the article on the OASW website posting of the Eastern Branch Bulletin http://www.oasw.org/media/240773/EasternBrNewsFall2014.pdf