What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a powerful opportunity for a person (Peer) living with a mental health need and/or addiction challenge to connect with another person (Peer Supporter) who has experienced a similar challenge and has gone through their own recovery process. The expertise or lived experience of the Peer Supporter can give the Peer a unique perspective on finding and maintaining recovery. The commonality of, “I get it. I have been there too,” can build an authentic, therapeutic rapport of empowerment and hope. We endorse the provincial and national principles and standards of practiced established by the Ontario Peer Development Initiative and Peer Support Accreditation and Certification Canada.
CMHA offers informal drop in programs, structured and unstructured groups, and formalized one-to-one Peer Support offered in select programs.
To request more information or to access this program, please fill out our welcome form or contact one of our sites.