We are committed to the concept of peer work and the value it provides to the people we serve through offering direct support, encouragement and hope that recovery is possible.
Our peer workers provide one to one and group support to others and help them to achieve personal goals, learn new skills and link to community resources. Peer workers also lead education groups and support groups.
A peer is a person who has had a profound lived experience similar to the clients or individuals they are supporting and is comfortable disclosing aspects of this experience within the context of their work. There are identified peers working in a variety of settings within our services and through programs delivered by agencies funded by the health authority.
Our peer support services are available to clients or patients of many VCH mental health and substance use programs, including psychiatric units at the hospitals. The nature of the work depends on the individual program mandate.
Our peer workers with funded community agencies, such as peer navigators may target a particular group of people or serve a wider population.
These services are free-of-charge.
You can access our services fairly simply, but it varies by program. For more information about Peer Navigation, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association - Peer Navigator & Support Program page.Consumer Initiative Fund - West 6th Avenue