A brief list of the reasons I hate peer support groups People. I hate people. They scare, irritate, and bore me… Not you. You are perfect. Listening. Listening to other people’s problems. [See 1] Group Time. Why are there so many other people talking? Shouldn’t they be listening to me? Travelling to peer support groups. I barely have the energy to… Read more »
Imagine your biggest worries at age 16…Imagine your biggest worries today. Have things changed? Perhaps, you think about different topics, different people and perhaps you feel things with different intensities. In a recent project (digitaledu at University of Toronto), I was reminded that Everyone Worries and that #worrieschange: How did we get so many people to share their stories?
Peer support and workplace mental health are powerful when we connect them to stories. The team at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Calgary has produced a video about experiences of peer and workplace support within the police, financial and oil industries. You can be a mental health champion to make changes in people’s lives and the work place. They… Read more »
Every day, at coffee shops across Toronto, humans plug themselves into laptops. As writers, consultants, entrepreneurs and other freelancers we have the freedom to work anywhere, but we face less certainty and more isolation. Isolation and financial uncertainty can lead to emotional distress, substance abuse, low productivity and sadness. How many tweets and likes can compensate for this? What role… Read more »
Stay calm. Relax. Don’t cry. Why are these our first instincts when faced with a person in difficulty or crisis? Peer support is all about listening and being with someone in a moment of stress or distress. The peer supporter is not responsible for fixing the peer in distress. The goal is to avoid server and served, expert and client… Read more »
Elections are hard. Election losses are harder. Work at campaign offices can be invigorating but often it is a slog. Lots of volunteers come for the cause but stay for the people (and pizza, samosas and my namesake Timbits). In the moments after the loss in the 2015 federal election, there were lots of cathartic tears at the Rathika Sitsabaiesan… Read more »
When we face stress, asking for help can be scary, but it can also be very powerful. Peer support works because the helper and helped share experiences and mutual support and learning. Peer support can help you when you are facing work stress, client demands, family crises, rocky relationships, substance abuse, and mental health distress. Get it together, get going,… Read more »