Conestoga Student Success


Be well so you can do well.

  • Need someone to talk to?
  • Concerned about your mental health?
  • Want to make changes but not sure where to start?

Peer Support & Self-Help

Peer Support - What is it?

“Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common” (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2013). Peer supporters have actively encountered a mental health and/or addiction issue and intentionally share parts of their lived experience and recovery journey in their role as a staff person. Peer support is different from counseling as it does not rely on professional or clinical knowledge – it’s about building connection and sharing experiences in a way for fosters hope, shares coping strategies, and helps people find their path to wellbeing.

Accessing Self Help & Peer Support on Campus

Self Help & Peer Support services available on campus (delivered by a CMHA peer support worker) include:

  • Daily drop-in peer support or recovery groups (no registration, no commitment)
    • Peer support groups bring people with a common lived experience together to share coping skills, foster hope, and learn about resources.
    • Recovery skill building groups to enhance self-management skills on dealing with stress, relationships, and mental health or addiction issues
  • Opportunities to connect with other students going through similar experiences
  • 1:1 peer support provided by the CMHA peer worker
  • There is no registration required to attend Self Help & Peer Support groups

Drop-In Peer Support is available in Room 1A107

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12:30pm – 2pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday from 11am – 1pm
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