Peer 2 Peer Wellness is a peer support program matching volunteers (Peer Supporters) with individuals (Peers) transitioning out of inpatient care at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Our Peers and Peer Supporters develop mutually supportive relationships based on the values of hope and self-determination, and the belief that mental health recovery is possible for everyone.
What is a Peer Supporter and how do I become one?
A peer supporter is a person who has experienced his or her own mental health challenges and is feeling well enough to support someone else. Our Peer Supporters go through a 30-hr training course and a Police Records Check.
You and your peer supporter will then meet weekly somewhere you both find comfortable. You might choose to meet for lunch, go for a walk, see a movie or talk on the phone. Together, you will decide when and where to meet and what kind of activities to do.
If you wish, your peer supporter can also support you in building your own personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is a system you develop to stay well. WRAP courses are available at PSO and the Royal.