We were able to get someone who was isolated what they needed. We figured it out. And it felt good.

The Volunteers in Partnership (ViP) program at the Department of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital is coordinated by Chesley Walsh. The  ViP is a tripartite program that consists of a volunteer program in the in-patient unit at the Jewish General Hospital,  the Research-Information Kiosk at the Institute of Community & Family Pscyhiatry, and the Patient-led Advisory committee which provides oversight  as well as consults on new initiatives and innovations for patient-driven services,  in line with both federal and provincial policy on mental health care.  The ViP was created by  persons living with mental illness and mental health professionals , who dedicated over  400 hours of their time to share experiences, identify priority concerns, and create action initiatives to support personal recovery between 2014-2017.  Funded by Canadian Institute  of Health Research grants, this participatory project also built on the knowledge and expertise of family members and key administrators who supported and integrated research outcomes, that includes their ongoing support of the ViP and renovations.

  • Community Care Networks is a volunteer driven telephoning initiative based on the Touch_Volunteers in Partnership program. Community Care Networks was originally created for persons impacted by social distancing measures related to COVID 19. It involves regular phone calls to reduce isolation, connect with community resources and build a connected community. Our community care networks continue to grow and we encourage anyone interested in being part of our community care to join us!