Found in the HOpe Centre at the Lions Gate Hospital in BC, and arising out of a partnership between Canadian Mental Health Association, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Blenz Coffe, HOpe Cafe is a business which employs individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, or as they prefer to say, have "lived experiences" with mental illness.
""The thing I love more than anything is that it’s open to the public, and people from the neighbourhood are coming and grabbing a cup of coffee,” Burgmann [Dr. Allan Burgmann, Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry] said. “Very quickly, it begins to erode that stigma of mental illness ...
“The brilliance of this partnership is that it’s forging a relationship where people can, at a certain stage of recovery, get employed, get some work experience, have a sense of purpose, and get back into their lives, which is phenomenal,” he added. “It’s another innovative step in us getting people back, well, and into the community.”"
Find out more here: http://www.straight.com/life/809406/hope-cafe-counters-stigma-around-mental-illness