NISA is an organization run by and for consumers of mental health services.
We develop occupational skills, nurture
self-confidence and provide resources for recovery, by creating opportunities
for participants to contribute to their own well-being and that of their
About NISA/Northern Initiative for Social
The basic task of mental health reform,
therefore, is to create non-institutionalized work, by providing appropriate
community supports for consumer/survivors. NISA was in fact a pilot project in
developing a wide range of such supports. It offered -- and still does --
enrichment, improved access, and alternatives to the opportunities available in
the community. We have come to recognize three types of needs experienced by
consumer/survivors:NISA is built on the premise that consumer/survivors of
mental health services are intelligent, creative and can make a valuable
contribution to society if given the opportunity to do so.
Overcoming stigma of mental illness more
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Members who have recently published their memoirs: NISA remains 'hidden gem' on 15th birthday more
The Book of Al - The Story of a Psychiatric Survivor - Me by:Allan Jones
Listen to an interview with the CBC here
My life journey through depression
Books may be purchased at either of our locations.
The Truth About Whales
by SueAnn Jackson Land
The Truth About Whales is about survival and the grace that time offers us to change our perceptions and move on.
SueAnn Jackson Land is an author who lives in Sudbury, Ontario.
She has been published in The Globe & Mail, The Outer Banks
Sentinel, on Soul's Code (a webzine) and was featured recently on
Authors on Show.
The book is available on Amazon.com and on Lulu, as well.
Listen to Shana's Interview with Points North/CBC Radio on March12/2014
concerning NISA's move to 36 Elgin Street.
NISA is Moving! 36 Elgin Street, Sudbury ON
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Many Programs and Activities planned for April!
Download March 2014 Calendar of Events HERE!
Open Minds Quarterly has a NEW Website
for a great literary adventure!
NISA has a New Telephone Number705-222-NISA705-222-6472See Contact Us for new extension Numbers
On January 2, 2014, NISA will open its 12th Annual BrainStorm Poetry Contest for mental health consumers. Read more here
Laughter really is the best medicine for this Sudbury man
Bob Simoneau has been living with anxiety, depression and post traumatic
stress disorder. He told us how he ended up doing stand up comedy and
how it helps him cope with life.
Listen (runs 5:59)
City doles out community arts and culture grants
Congratulations NISA! NISA has received a grant to assist with our arts and cultural programs!
$235 K for mental health transitional home
From left are Shana Calixte, executive director of the Northern
Initiative for Social Action, Paul Heinrich, CEO of the North Bay
Regional Health Centre, Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local
Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Marion Quigley, CEO of the local
Celebrating 15 years!
Back in 1998, a group of consumers, Derek Day, Bob Semeniuk, Joe Wilson,
Barb Dubé and Alex Radway, along with occupational therapist Karen
Rebeiro Gruhl came together to create what we now know as NISA, a place
where those of us who have experienced mental illness can come together,
a space of belonging, a place to give back to community.
More celebrations to come. Keep checking!