Category Archives: Peer support

Peer Respites – Crisis Care Driven by Peers

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 »

Peer Support is Official – MHCC

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 »

Who supports the Peer Supporters

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?

Act Now: Peer Support – Stéphane Grenier

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 »

Laughing at madness!

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 »

10 things I hate about peer support groups

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 »

We are people at work – CMHA

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 »