Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.
Peer Support Canada also offers certification for Peer Supporters, Family Peer Supporters, and for Peer Support Mentors. Peer Support Certification is a confirmation of one’s knowledge, skills, and experience as a peer supporter. Certification verifies one’s alignment with the nationally endorsed Standard of Practice, and is recognized across Canada.
Canadian Medical Association Peer Support Resources
The Canadian Medical Association offers peer support resources to help physicians understand, provide and access peer support, and to create effective peer support programs in their workplaces.
Peers share insights, coping strategies, information and resources. They also act as sounding boards, providing insight, encouragement, help, hope and recovery for co-workers experiencing challenging situations, distress or big decisions.