Western Canada Peer Training Society (WCPTS) is a Registered Charity which serves to promote social wellness and education by providing tuition bursaries for mental health peer support training within Calgary and Western Canada.
Our goal is to increase the number of trained mental health 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 broader 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 strategies amongst themselves that have improved their overall health thereby improving that of their community at large.
A prospective student self-identifies as a mental health consumer, has limited financial resources, is stable in their mental health recovery and has the desire to learn and share their knowledge.
Bursary Awards Process:
Bursaries will vary in amount for various reasons:
Address: Western Canada Peer Training Society
1316 Pensacola Way SE
Calgary, AB T2A 2H2