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