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 »
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?
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 »
Peer support is about listening, sharing and helping. People, who have been there, help other people who are going through similar challenges and life situations. Peers are individuals who share experiences, backgrounds and struggles. Peers are not necessarily friends but are people who can give support and maintain boundaries. Peer support happens in different contexts: common mental health challenges addiction… Read more »