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Welcome to NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action

tree_silhouetteNISA 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 community.

About NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action

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


NISA remains 'hidden gem' on 15th birthday more


Members who have recently published their memoirs:

The Book of Al - The Story of a Psychiatric Survivor - Me by:Allan Jones


Listen to an interview with the CBC here


Shine On
My life journey through depression
Annette Larabie

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 and on Lulu, as well.

Coming in May
NISA's Spring Art Show
May 5th to 11th
Bertolo's Homemade Foods
93 Durham Street

Reception on
Monday May 5th
from 7 to 9pm
Refreshments will be served

Go to See our Voices Website for more information


Listen to Shana's Interview with Points North/CBC Radio on March12/2014
 concerning NISA's move to 36 Elgin Street.
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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 Number

See 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 audio (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!
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$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 CMHA.
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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!


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