"I am a young, independent parent, in a low-income bracket, and like so many others I have seen plenty of financial hardship as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic… Thanks to the bursary I received from WCPTS, I recently had the privilege of completing the Peer Support Training program through Prairies to Peaks Consulting Inc. Without the generosity of WCPTS and their donors, I may not have been able to afford this opportunity; Now I’m prepared to make a career shift that will not only support my little family and improve the lives of my peers, but that will also – little by little, with each new Peer Support Specialist that enters the field – relieve some of the immense pressure placed upon the Mental Health sector as a result of the pandemic. It is an honor, and I am ever-grateful for this organization and it’s support."
- Taylor C.
"This training was very valuable to me because I didn’t realize all the things that went into being a Peer Support Worker. I really liked the problem solving techniques, how to ask peers questions to help them work through their problems and how to be a good listener. This was so much more then I realized it was going to be so I’m so glad I have all these new tools. These skills are not only going to help me in my pursuit of becoming an employed Peer Support Worker but it definitely will help in my volunteer peer support work at the Women’s Centre Calgary. Thank you so much for the financial help for my training. Thank you!"-
- Shelly V.
Phase 2 expands opportunities for peer support work experience, as Phase 1 showed that training bursaries alone may not be enough to connect financially challenged learners with a peer support position. On-the-job experience is often required to secure a peer supporter role and break the cycle of exclusion that can leave peers isolated and hinder their development.
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"Lived experience" refers to the personal knowledge gained from being directly impacted by a specific situation or circumstance. In healthcare, it specifically applies to individuals who have experienced life-altering health conditions, relied heavily on secondary health services, and faced power imbalances within the healthcare system. This perspective is valuable and offers unique insights for healthcare professionals and policymakers.
Peer support services offer practical experience, emotional support, and encouragement to individuals with similar experiences, fostering a sense of community and improving mental health outcomes. Studies have found that incorporating peer support into mental health services is cost-effective and reduces the burden on the mental health system, making it an essential component of community-based mental health care.
A mentor is an experienced peer who models recovery, encourages self-care, connects with peers, and develops supportive relationships to motivate and support their peers in the work place.
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