A series of incidents and tragedies in recent years has highlighted the weaknesses and gaps in Ottawa’s current mental health and substance use system, including crisis response. These incidents triggered the recognition that there was a need to examine crisis response in Ottawa through a social justice, anti-racist and anti-colonial lens.
About The Ottawa GCMHA
2021 was a call for action in our City. We were asked to deeply examine our responses to community members experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The starting point of our work was the convergence of several situations that magnified some of the weaknesses in our current mental health and substance use systems and recognized the need to place a diversity, race, and inclusion lens on all these systems.
Guiding Principles / Code of Conduct
The Guiding Council follows the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. They are as follows:
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, and drama. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment: it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.