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Peer 2 Peer Wellness Program Overview

Imagine what it would have been like if you’d had a peer supporter to call on—someone who had gone through the mental health system and was willing to listen to your story; a confidant who could offer encouragement as you slowly stepped back into society; someone to reassure you that you’re not alone.

Would you like to use your experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges to help someone’s recovery? Volunteer in the Peer 2 Peer Wellness Program.

Are you in need of peer support? Were you hospitalized in one of Ottawa hospitals, for mental health or substance use concerns, within the last 6 months? Consider taking part in our Peer 2 Peer Wellness program. More …

Partners include Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, the Montfort Hospital, and the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

Cost: free. No referral required.

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Volunteer Opportunity with the Peer 2 Peer Wellness Program

You have much to offer a peer in their journey to wellness!​


  • Gaining volunteer experience in a field that is becoming increasingly employable in the mental health system;

  • Helping a peer develop a hopeful image of what their recovery might look like;

  • Becoming a part of the Peer to Peer Wellness Community of Practice;

  • Participating in Peer to Peer Wellness program activities;

  • Being eligible to participate in ongoing training opportunities;


  • Having taken the Peer Support Training Level 1 or interest in taking it;

  • A Vulnerable Sector police check;

  • Completing AODA, WHMIS and Worker’s Health and Safety training;

  • All training provided at no cost;

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Applying for the Peer 2 Peer Wellness Program

To take part in the Peer 2 Peer Wellness program a participant needs to have been hospitalized in one of Ottawa hospitals, for mental health or substance use concerns, within the last 6 months.


The purpose of this program is to provide you with a trained Peer Supporter to help with your recovery journey.

By connecting to a Peer Supporter, you will experience a respectful, trusting, non-judgmental relationship with someone who will understand the recovery journey. 


You will have the chance to take part in activities that you enjoy with the Peer Supporter. You may feel more hopeful when you hear about how the Peer Supporter has experienced recovery. 

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Please fill out the form below if you would like to receive more information or to register for Peer 2 Peer Wellness program.

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