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We are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ottawa is built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia.

Their cultures and presence have nurtured and will continue to nurture this land. We take this time to show our gratitude and respect to them and to the land for all that it provides us.


PSO commits to an ongoing process of increasing our capacity to provide culturally safe support that meets the diverse needs of Indigenous peoples.

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Vision Statement


To be innovative leaders in the promotion of health and wellness in our communities where people with lived experiences are supported and celebrated.


Value Statements


Hope: We believe in the power of hope, that there is hope for everyone and that recovery cannot occur without hope. We encourage hope and focus on people’s strengths, skills and abilities.


Peer Driven: We are dedicated to ensuring that lived experiences are the driving force in the design and delivery of the mental health system.


Self Determination: We believe in the right of the person to make their own life decisions and determine their own destiny.


Respect: We value diversity and unique contributions, fostering a trusting, open and inclusive approach to everything we do.


Integrity: We believe in being: ethical, honest and inspiring confidence by saying what we mean, matching our behaviours to our words and taking responsibility for our actions, with transparency.

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We are a community of peers using our lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards our full potential.

We offer a safe and non-judgmental environment for consumer/survivors and their families to come together, support one another, and build upon our skills.


PSO is a non-profit, member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system.

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PSO Code of Conduct was adopted at a PSO General Members’ Meeting, July 17, 2017

Please read the PSO Code of Conduct before becoming a member.

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We offer peer and family peer support, public education, volunteer opportunities, connecting to other community services and much more to people experiencing mental health challenges and their families. But most of all we promote hope, recovery and wellness and create a sense of community. 

Our services are free. No referral required.

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Would you like to become a PSO member and take advantage of all the services we offer?  


The PSO membership is free for individuals with mental health and/or substance use challenges and their families. 

Fill out the Membership Form

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