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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »