Open Minds Quarterly calls for submissions about Peer Support in Recovery – Deadline December 31, 2013

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Call for Submissions

A special issue for Spring 2014…

Peer Support in Recovery

Many of us who have experiences living with mental illness know how important it is to have someone to lean on. Peer support is quickly being acknowledged as a very useful tool in the recovery process. This support can be provided informally from relatives or close friends, and can also be provided in a formal setting from paid and certified individuals and services in the community. The experiences with this form of health care have been diverse depending on one’s age, location, access to services and other defining factors.

Who have been your supports? How has peer support impacted your life? How has this support differed from that offered in the formal mental health system?

We want…
  • Your personal stories
    • Your opinions
      • Your poetrys
        • Book or movie reviews
          • Open letters

          We are looking for submissions from those with various perspectives on peer support — as supporters, as those who have received support and those who are working to bring more recognition to the practice. We encourage reflections on the history of peer support, the benefits to recovery, and the current moves to provide morecertification and structure to the practice.

          How to Submit:
          1. Review Open Minds Quarterly’s Submission Guidelines at
          2. Submit your writing to by December 31, 2013.
          3. Include a cover letter stating that you are interested in publication in the Peer Support issue, and that you are a consumer/survivor of mental illness.

          Your writing will go through our regular review process, which will take a couple months. You will be notified if your piece is accepted for publication or not.

          OMQ’s special issue on Peer Support in Recovery will be distributed at the First National Conference on Peer Support in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 30 to May 2, 2014. The conference organizers, the PSACC Conference Committee, is currently seeking abstracts from individuals, peer support workers, clinicians, service providers, peer support organizations, community mental health organizations, workplace peer support programs, family members, researchers and community members from across Canada and abroad who are interested in the growing area of peer support to share their thoughts on “Hope. Empowerment. Recovery: Promoting Growth and Accessibility of Peer Support.” Their abstract deadline is Friday September 27, 2013.To find out more, go to the conference website.

Inside the current issue

Summer 2013 edition

Here’s what you you will find:

  • Jonathan Jay Taylor‘s essay about living with ADHD as an adult, and the strengths and unique abilities he has discovered in the face of this challenge
    • An essay by Amanda Leduc on her experience as a caregiver for a young woman with anorexia
      • A short story by Aaron Lee Moore, “13 Titanium Screws”
        • Poetry from contributors new and old

The struggle for identity in the face of mental illness

Open Minds Quarterly’s first anthology, In New Light: The many paths of identity, struggle and mental illness
Years after your diagnosis, you find you are not where you thought you’d be on the path of life, and you have to come to terms with what you’ve lost and what you’ve gained. In our first anthology, with selections of poetry, essays and stories from 1998-2011, writers consider how you hold on to your identity, or adjust to a new one, as they describe the struggle for wellness. Order your copy today by calling 705-222-6472, ext. 303 or email Dinah Laprairie. Pay online right now by sending your payment to


6″ x 9″ Softcover, 104 pp.

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