Western Canada Peer Training Society is a registered charity which serves to promote social wellness and education by providing tuition bursaries that go toward peer support training within Calgary and Western Canada.
Our goal is to increase the number of trained peers in our communities and broaden the understanding of this valuable mental health support. Peer Support Canada defines Peer Support as “an emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience and is trained to support others.”
Bursaries help reduce the financial burden that many peers face and allow them to participate in training opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach for them. Training outcomes include increased self-awareness and self-management of mental health concerns resulting in healthier choices and outlooks on day to day challenges.
We envision that the community will experience the transformational benefits of trained peers through reduced stigma, increased societal acceptance of people living with mental health concerns, improved stability of graduates who model the effectiveness of the training in their own lives and with those around them and decreased overall health costs as peers share amongst themselves strategies that have improved their overall health thereby improving that of their community at large.
It is through the generosity of individual givers and the vision of funding organizations that we will be able to make a difference for anyone who is dealing with a mental health concern.
Tax receipts are available for donations over $20. Please consider giving today!
Are you interested in becoming a trained peer? Consider the value of your lived experience and the difference it can make for another.
Lived experience refers to anyone who has had experiences in life related to mental health concerns. These include, but are not limited to: anxiety, overwhelm, depression, divorce, job loss, trauma, phobias or addiction, and are in a stage of recovery.
These people, when trained in peer support, can provide support to others who are dealing with similar issues.
If you are interested, please let us know and we can help you apply for a bursary. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org