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?
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 »