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Our Story

Lived Collective is a community and online space for people with lived experiences in madness and neurodivergence. Based in Toronto, Canada, Lived Collective was conceptualized through the Yale LET(s)Lead program hosted by CAMH. 

Our first project, Lived Magazine, is a publication about our lived experiences. By our community, for our community, the magazine is comprised of lived experiences, art, writing, resources, and more from mad and neurodivergent people around the world. The magazine aims to provide people with lived experience a platform to share their perspectives and passions, dispelling stigmas by redefining what mental health means to us. 

Our next project, Lived CARE, offers virtual therapy from providers with lived experience in mental health or addiction challenges. For providers with lived experience who may be interested in listing services with us, please reach out via email to

We hope to create an authentic and collaborative space for those who identify as mad or neurodivergent. Our approach is anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and prioritizes intersectional realities.

We differentiate ourselves by working with practitioners who have lived experience in mental health and addiction challenges, providing a unique perspective and understanding of clients' needs.

We aim to provide support to the community while acknowledging and actively working against the systemic barriers and on-going trauma related to the mental health system.

About the Founder

Camille Alizadeh, M.Psy.

Lived Collective was created by Camille Alizadeh (she/her) as a community project part of the Yale LET(s)Lead 21/22 cohort hosted by CAMH. She believes in the value of lived experience, both professionally and personally, and hopes to build a powerful mad community through this project. 


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