Peer support workers have lived experience of mental illness and its treatment.
Peer support workers have “lived experience” of mental illness and its treatment. When you are able to speak to someone else who has a mental illness, there is a sense of understanding and connection that can benefit both people. Research shows that peer support can quicken your pace of recovery and help you learn how to better manage challenges along the way.
The peer support program provides an opportunity for you to connect with a peer support worker for three to 12 months. Your peer support worker can meet with you on a regular basis to:
- Help you identify and achieve your personal goals
- Get to know the resources available in your community
- Help you explore activities that interest you
If you are 19 years or older and you are linked to a mental health and substance use centre, you may contact your case manager or therapist for a referral to the peer support program.
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Peer support program (Vancouver/Fraser)
Peer Support is a structured program in which support is offered to individuals with a mental illness to identify and achieve their personal goals as part of their own recovery process.
- Communitas Supportive Care Society: Peer support
Provides support toward recovery through group learning, workshops, and one-on-one support from a staff member who has lived experience of mental illness.
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