Peer Support FAQs

Peer Support groups are a safe space to share experiences with mental health while connecting with a community of social and emotional support. It is about hope, self-determination, and respect that each person is on their own path and knows what is right for them.

Peer Support is proven to be one of the most effective prevention strategies for maintaining mental health. It can play a huge role in keeping small problems from becoming big ones. It can help with managing the effects of challenging life events and has a positive impact on mental health outcomes.

The trained peer support leader has lived experience with mental health challenges and will help create a judgement-free safe space to be yourself. Expect a sense of community and support, an opportunity to speak, an opportunity to listen, and an opportunity for resource sharing and navigation.

No. Peer Support is not therapy or counselling. It serves as an individual tool for those experiencing a mental health challenge to share their story and resources with their peers and gain comfort from meeting with others with lived experience.

That’s okay! You never need to share more than you are ready to share. Peer support is about letting people exist where they are. It can be likened to walking next to someone as they chart their own path, not taking their hand and pulling them in a certain direction.

That’s okay! The same peers will be invited to all 6 meetings. Typically peers build their comfort sharing with the group as we get to know each other over the 6 weeks. We hope you can attend each meeting, but understand if you can’t make it to one. Life is busy!

Yes. Join our Peer Support mailing list to be notified of future groups.