Peer Support Worker Program: Mission
The Peer Support Program provides an opportunity for persons who have received mental health services to call upon their experience to provide relevant goal-based support to youth, adults and older adults who have serious and/or persistent mental illness.
Peer Support Workers are individuals with lived experience of mental illness who have graduated from a Peer Support Worker Training Program. These individuals work on a contracted basis one to one with VMHS clients, providing support to achieve personal goals, to learn new skills, and to link with community resources. During COVID, some of our Peer Support Workers have also been facilitating groups related to psychosocial rehab domains (Employment, Education, Leisure, Wellness and Basic Living Skills).
Peer Support Worker Training is provided through VMHS and other organizations. For more information about the next training session, please sign up for the Spotlight on Mental Health e-list at the bottom right of this webpage.
Access to peer support is by referral from a Case Manager or Rehab staff.