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The purpose of the peer support program

  • to enhance the quality of life for people in recovery from a mental illness


This program builds on hope and empowerment in supporting people

  • to understand and live with their illness

  • to learn new skills

  • to establish social connections

  • to link with community resources


Peer support is a process in which people in recovery from a mental illness

  • offers emotional support to their peers
  • aims to improve the quality of life of those in recovery
  • creates an interpersonal context that is respectful, trusting and warm
  • helps individuals to find their own answers
  • empowers individuals to make changes that will enhance their lives
  • assists individuals to follow through on goals and action plans
  • helps individuals re-establish social networks which decreases their isolation.
  • assists in providing information to access community resources


WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS PROGRAM?

People in varying stages of recovery from a mental illness are helped to reach attainable goals

​Peer support workers gain employment and find a way to give back to their peers

Family members and friends can access free educational resource materials

Mental health professionals collaborate in an individual's rehabilitation plan

Communities gain active, contributing citizens

Businesses gain as recovering individuals join or rejoin the work force

PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

FOR THE SOUTH OKANAGAN AND SIMILKAMEEN