What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common” (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2013).
Peer supporters have actively encountered a mental health and/or substance use issue and intentionally share parts of their lived experience and recovery journey in their role as a volunteer or staff person. Through sharing lived experiences an authentic, empathetic relationship is created between the peer supporter and the person supported, providing connection and nurturing the hope necessary for recovery. Peer support is an evidence-based modality of support.
Peer support is based on the idea that people with first-hand experience of mental health challenges are uniquely equipped to help others find insight, resources, and hope. NISA’s peer support workers have “been there,” and know what it’s like.
NISA’s peer support is self-guided, culturally sensitive, and available in English and French.
Core Values of Peer Support at NISA:
What Peer Support Services does NISA offer?
Peer Support in the Community
Mental Health and Addictions Program – The Mental Health and Addictions Peer Support (MAPS) Program is a peer support service specifically for persons navigating the criminal justice system. For more info, click here.
Peer Support at Health Sciences North (HSN) – NISA offers Peer Navigators and Specialists at HSN who give peer support and guidance in the hospital setting to anyone experiencing mental health or addiction challenges.
Outreach Peer Support (OPS) – Our Outreach Peer Support team is working hard off-site offering peer support within the Sudbury Community in CMHA housing.
Older Adult Peer Support (OAPS)
1.8 million older adults in Canada live with emotional or mental health challenges. Talking about it can help.
NISA’s Older Adult Peer Support Program offers free
emotional and mental health support on your own terms, where you’re at for folks aged 55 and up!