Meet the Family Matters Team…

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Becky Curran

Becky Curran, MSW, RSW

Family Matters Program Manager
Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program

About me…

I have worked with people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges at various community agencies in Toronto, including a practicum placement supporting older adults with mental health and substance use issues. In addition, I have had employment experiences at drop-in centres and in housing access. From these experiences, I am bringing to this role an understanding of the centrality of informal supports including family and friends of people living with mental health and substance use issues. I am also bringing my experience with crisis support, solution-focused counselling, and assessment to work collaboratively with people in coordinating necessary supports and developing their own skills, especially in relation to system navigation and self-advocacy.

I am approaching this role with diverse perspectives on supporting people living with mental health and substance use issues. Of particular interest to me are models of mental health recovery, harm reduction, and peer support from strengths-based, traumainformed perspectives. I developed an interest in these models through my personal experiences, my Social Service Worker diploma at George Brown, my Master of Social Work Degree at York University, and my practice experiences. I look forward to continuing to develop my understanding of these models and gaining new perspective through my work at the MDAO.

Elyse Grieco, MSW, RSW

Family Matters Intake Worker and Counsellor
Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program

About Me

My passion for mental health stems back to almost 8 years ago, when I experienced my own mental health challenges. With ongoing support, I conquered some of the darkest times in my life. Ever since this experience, I have been dedicated to the field of mental health, determined to help break down existing stigma surrounding mental illness. I first learned about The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) and the concept of peer support & recovery as a student, in 2013. My involvement here has been transformative. My understanding of recovery has expanded, and extends beyond the idea of merely being symptom free. I am discovering that recovery from mental health challenges is an ongoing life journey, and that, with ongoing support, individuals can lead fulfilling lives and accomplish their dreams, in spite of their struggles. In my new role here at MDAO, I hope to be one part of another's support network, and help individuals to become empowered and accept their mental health challenges, so that they can move forward on their individual journey of recovery.

In addition to having my own lived experience, I have several loved ones who have struggled with mental health concerns, and I have sought to provide support to them. Since graduating with a Masters of Social Work, I have experience working in residential treatment care for female youth in recovery from addictions. My volunteer experiences have been vast, including group facilitation in family recovery, life skills and advocacy work.

Daniel Farb

Daniel Farb, MEd, RP

Family Matters Mental Health Counsellor
Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program

About me…

I am a peer support worker with the Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program at the MDAO. Working from a holistic, humanistic perspective, I utilize my grounding in recovery principles, educational background in psychology, group facilitation skills, life coaching training, personal lived experience, and creative self-expression to help others affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Navigating life can be difficult enough for people in the best of times; navigating life while also dealing with mental health issues can be extremely daunting. For family members and supporters, it can be confusing, scary, and downright painful to watch loved ones suffering from mental illness. Being informed by my own personal experiences with mental health and addiction recovery, in addition to my experience of having family members with mental health challenges, I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who are struggling to find their way.

What I do…

In addition to providing one-on-one personal support to clients and their families, I am also responsible for facilitating a variety of groups and programs, including Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) groups for both individuals and family members of people with mood disorders. My goal is to make sure that people affected by mental health issues and their families receive the support they need on their journey of recovery.

People can and do recovery from mental health challenges and are able to live fulfilling, meaningful lives – all we need is the right kind of support along the way.

Ruston Baldwin, SSW

Family Matters Peer Support Worker
Family Matters Peer Support and Recovery Program

 

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