Celebrate and Empower TORONTO MAD PRIDE WEEK 2016 – July 11th – 17th Mad Pride Week is an arts, culture, and community festival created to celebrate, empower and build community. We are working not only to end stigma and oppression, but to show our strength and enjoyment of life. Toronto Mad Pride was started in 1993 by community activists in Parkdale… Read more »
Are things are out of control. Are they going to lock me up in hospital? Peer respites may provide an alternative – voluntary, peer and relationship based, trauma-informed and person-centred space for support. Peer respites are voluntary, short-term, overnight programs. They provide community-based, trauma-informed, and person-centered crisis support and prevention 24 hours per day in a homelike environment. The image… Read more »
The Self-Help Resource Centre not only facilitates and promotes peer support in the community, it also practices peer support in the workplace. Peer support has The SHRC helps people find support groups through its massive database. It also facilitates peer support groups in the community, in schools and universities. To be able to acknowledge my own challenges as a leader… Read more »
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a mouthful of experts, acronyms and data. It has studied and created standards for Peer Support and has found that: Peer support works. Empowerment and the development of personal resourcefulness — the foundation of peer support — not only improves people’s lives but also saves money by reducing the use of more formal… Read more »
Peer worker, support thyself Helping people is a fantastic way to find meaning and human connection. Peer support facilitators/workers have all benefited from support in their journeys. But what happens when emotional stress overwhelms and peer supporters are pushed to their limits?
Today is a good time to move from “let’s talk” to “let’s do peer support”. In a recent chat, Stéphane Grenier, of Mental Health Innovation Consulting (MHIC), shared his lessons and insights about the power and value of peer support in the workplace. Peer supporters are not just friends or therapists. Peer supporters help their peers face challenges head on… Read more »
Who would laugh at depression, trauma, and work disaster? Are you a monster! Well…Sometimes the best way to deal with the worst is to laugh in its face. And learning about telling jokes is a great way to face the bad stuff and maybe chuck a few pies! The Laughing Like Crazy program brings together people facing work, mental, and emotional… Read more »