Impact of a Co-produced Initiative for Mental Health Programming at a Canadian Psychiatric Hospital

  • Krystle MartinEmail author
  • Simone Arbour
  • Allison Stevens
Original Article


There has been a call for a paradigm shift in mental health to be more recovery-oriented and include service users in the development and delivery of services. Although co-production has been linked with positive outcomes, more work is needed to understand this approach in Canada. The current study assessed the outcomes of a co-production initiative for service design and delivery. The data yielded positive outcomes—both for facilitators and group participants—in two broad areas: related to personal recovery and positive attitudes toward the organization. This study provides support for co-production in mental health programming and further elucidation of this approach for mental healthcare settings in Canada.


Co-design Co-production Recovery Mental health Programming 


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Conflict of interest

All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


This project did not receive financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health SciencesWhitbyCanada
  2. 2.University of Ontario Institute of TechnologyOshawaCanada

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