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CAMH is looking for two people with lived experience of mental health or substance use concerns to join the CAMH Client Learning Fund committee. The Client Learning Fund is open to CAMH patients and gives them financial assistance to further their education as part of their recovery goals. The committee is made up of people with lived experience, members of the community and CAMH staff. Each of the committee members will be assigned several applications to review and present to the rest of the team. The committee typically meets six times every year. You will receive an honorarium of $30 per hour. For more information, please contact


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Rise is a national organization dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater social and economic inclusion through entrepreneurship.

Through access to free training programs, low-interest loans, mentorship and other custom supports, Rise helps Canadians build small businesses that empower them to support themselves, their families and their communities.

Programs include:

  • EnterpRISEing You - a go-at-your-own-pace online program for aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages. You will complete 15 virtual modules to learn essential business skills, build confidence and begin developing a business plan. 
  • The Rise Small Business Lending Program provides entrepreneurs unable to secure traditional financing with an opportunity to access low-interest loans, mentorship and other supports to help them build a small business. 
  • The Peer Supported Startup Program (PSSP) provides entrepreneurs aged 30+ with access to skills training, business guidance and the support of a peer network. 
  • The Youth Small Business Program (YSBP) supports young people aged 16-29 to learn the basics of building a small business and helps them apply those skills to developing an informed and actionable business plan. 
  • The Women+ Entrepreneurship Program empowers diverse women, trans women and non-binary individuals (women+) with the skills and confidence to pursue self-employment. Trauma-informed and built on inclusive, decolonized and accessible feminist philosophy, it is a safe space where you’ll work closely with peers, expert facilitators and experienced mentors to learn business fundamentals, develop a business plan and pursue success as you define it. 

Complete the Rise Navigator questionnaire to learn more and discover which program is the best fit for you! | Rise (

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National Youth Action Council

Join the National Youth Action Council

NYAC is an online network made up of over 250 youth, and members come from many different communities across Canada. Each NYAC member brings their own lived/living experience with mental health and/or substance use, with the goal of using these perspectives to advise on lots of different projects at CAMH and across Canada, including research, clinical programs, education and policy! While NYAC members do not conduct research or provide clinical services, they do provide their insight on these projects and initiatives from a lived experience lens.

If you are interested in joining NYAC from a perspective of your own lived experience/living experience with mental health and/or substance use, you can express interest in joining NYAC by filling out a member application form! The member application form can be accessed by following the link here CAMH National Youth Action Council