What is the BMHC Peer Support Program?
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.
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.
Our support groups will begin January 2022 and run for 12 weeks. The Peer Support Program includes weekly sessions with a facilitator and active listener to support. Through these sessions participants are able to speak about their experiences while learning more about mental health, developing a new outlook, and learning culturally relevant coping mechanisms. Peers will actively create an inclusive, and safer environment for each other from registration to the very last session.
Our current peer support groups are open to all Black LGBTQIA2S+ youth ages 18-35, though with with more funding we hope to have more groups focused on more intersections under the African Diaspora in the future. We’ll have two closed groups available; a general group for LGBTQIA+ youth, and one specifically for trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth.
Peer support registration is currently closed.
Thank you to the SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation for funding our current peer support groups.