Text reads "WINTERPRIDE" Image: A cabin in the snow.


Toronto Mad Pride wishes you a great, warm, delicious, peaceful and Mad holiday season

Would you be interested in meeting up over the holidays with other fun, weird and or mad people? Follow us over to the Toronto Mad Pride Facebook Page.

With the holidays and winter weather here, we thought it’d be good timing to remind you of a few services and resources available in Toronto:


The Consumer/Survivor Info Centre

Checkout the special December issue of The Bulletin for:

Community support listings
Employment and training
Things to do over the holidays


The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) – Holiday Meals
Image: Red Cardinal sitting on branches covered with ice and snow.

Follow the Meal list then click for a PDF file


211 Toronto – for community, social and health service questions:

211 Ontario website:


311 Toronto for general City of Toronto services (including winter weather issues) – they are reachable 24/7 by phone

Tel: 311 within Toronto / 416-392-CITY (2489) outside Toronto
TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Twitter: @311toronto


Toronto Hydro

If people or property are at risk, always call 911 first.

For electrical emergencies (such as downed lines), call Toronto Hydro immediately at 416-542-8000 and press option 1 to reach the emergency dispatch department. If you are unable to reach Toronto Hydro call 911 for police or fire.
Twitter: @TorontoHydro



Saraƒin is a writer, illustrator, cartoonist, and mad identified person. Asylum Squad, the webcomic, was born during a year long stay in a Toronto mental institution as a creative means of passing Saraƒin’s time. She will be selling her work at the Mad Hatter Street Fair and Marketplace.

Picture of Asylum Squad Web Comic
Asylum Squad – Saraƒin’s long running Mad Comic!
  1. What are you most excited about with your new book, Asylum Squad: The Jung Ones 2?
I am excited, as I always am, at the prospect of making new fans, and advancing the storyline.  This book was the most action packed in the series thus far, and was a joy to work on.
  1. What do we need to know from previous issues to understand the new book?

It helps to have at least read The Jung Ones pt 1, even better to have read Monster Hospital 1 & 2.  There are recaps in each new volume of events that occurred in previous books.  Basically, at this point, Liz Madder and company are well into the Ajna Project: an experimental drug treatment program based on Jungian psychiatry, that they signed up for, and were accepted into, during their stay at St Dymphna’s psychiatric hospital.

  1. How do you describe your experience with madness? 
I do not like psychiatric labels, for I have been given many in my life, and none of them seemed to stick or describe me very well.  I prefer to use the term Mad, even though I don’t consider myself a “sufferer of mental illness” – rather, I feel that I see the world through an unusual perspective due to a form of spiritual emergency that started in my mid 20s.
  1. What does Mad Pride mean to you?



Ariane Bakhtiar

Note to the Reader: Terms like mad, crazy, drunk, or junkie are often harmful in that they have historically been used to marginalize people with mental health challenges. In an effort to reclaim harmful language, this article includes mad as a term of empowerment for those who have been excluded socially and/or pathologized by the clinicians, hospitals and rehab centres that have “treated” them. The title “Mad in Islam”, then, refers to Muslims and their allies who recognize the need for programs and services established by Muslim communities for mad Muslims.

The surah Al-Ma’idah (the table spread) – a chapter of the Qur’an – states: “Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist? (5.91) Intoxicants, but in particular alcohol, create a spiritual barrier between God and the believer. While scripture does not provide much explanation as to what establishes this barrier, the dulling properties of alcohol are a detriment to prescribed activities, like salaat – prayer – or iqraa – the study of scripture –, that require alertness and authentic intention. (more…)