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Cambridge Self Help Alliance
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9 Wellington St.
Unit 1
Cambridge,   ON   N1R 3Y4


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The History of the Self Help Alliance!

In the late 1980’s, numerous Consumer Survivor Initiatives (CSI) were established across Ontario. These groups were mainly support by the Ontario Ministry of Health, as a contribution towards local mental health organizations.

In the Waterloo and Wellington areas, four CSI organizations were created: Cambridge Active Self Help (CASH), Depressive/Manic Depressive Association or W.R. (DMDAWR), Mutual Aid for Psychiatric Survivors (MAPS), and Waterloo Region Self Help (WRSH).

By 2000, many CSI’s across Ontario had disappeared or were facing uncertain futures. These issues led to discussions about local and creative funding.

In 2003, the four groups in the Waterloo and Wellington areas decided to form the Self Help Alliance in order to share staffing and resources. At this time, 2 of the 4 organizations had changed their names. DMDAWR became Mood Disorders Association Waterloo Region (MDAWR), while maps was now referred to as Wellington-Dufferin Self Help (WDSH). As this alliance proved to be very beneficial to the four organizations, in 2009 the decision was made to merge formally. Therefore, on June 22, 2009 the Self Help Alliance Waterloo Wellington became officially incorporated. Day to day operations of the sites have stayed very much the same, with each location maintaining the individual flavor of the community and individuals accessing services. The merger has allowed for a strong voice for those experiencing mental health and or addiction issues and a better ability to share resources to continued to provide support and services.

As of April 1, 2013 the Self Help services formally joined the new Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Dufferin Branch. We believe this partnership will further see the enhancement and system support for peer roles within every juncture of the Addiction and Mental Health System.



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