Part 4 in a series by Globe and Mail in last couple of weeks.
This one is about the role of peers – people who’ve been there in helping people currently experiencing emotional distress, mental health difficulties and on top of that having to deal with the “mental health system”.
Erin Andersson talks with Jesse Bigelow who works as a Peer Support Worker with CMHA and with Lt Col Stéphane Grenier, who is currently working with the Canadian Mental Health Commission and who is bringing experience gained from working with peer support systems in the Canadian military that provide peer support for those experiencing combat stress to help form a strategy for peer support across Canadian mental health provision.
Read for yourself at..
Peer support workers are a necessary. I know myself, that I have a wonderful psychiatrist, social worker and family doctor (yes I am very lucky), but when it really comes down to being understood it is with another peer. They do not tell us what to do – they listen and understand.
We need more peer support workers.
thanks for sharing Kevin