In a support group, people are able to talk with others who are like themselves – people who truly empathize with what they are going through and can share the type of practical insights that can only come from firsthand experiences.
Black Mental Health Connections Peer Support Program launched in 2021, with funding support from the Tegan and Sara Foundation. Funding dependent, we offer a 12 session program for up to 10 participants with similar intersections and lived experiences. Through these programs we aim to break the stigma and shame associated with mental health and create an anti-oppressive, harm reductive space for cathartic release, community building, and skill sharing. Due to COVID-19, these sessions are offered over zoom.
The program includes weekly or bi-weekly sessions with a facilitator and active listener. Through these sessions participants are among a group of peers to speak about their experiences while learning more about mental health, developing a new outlook, and learning better coping mechanisms. Peer support participants will actively participate in creating an inclusive safer environment for each other from registration to the very last session.
Registration for participants is currently closed but will open before November 2021 for groups that will run from January to March 2022. Thank you to the SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation for funding our upcoming peer support groups.