Who Do We Help?
The Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) is a peer support network and “The Link” is our drop in resource and activity centre. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for individuals who face mental health challenges and their friends and family.
No referral is required. Call or drop by. Everyone is welcome.
What is Peer Support?
Definition of “Peer”
a person who is equal to another in abilities, qualifications, age, background, and social status. Something of equal worth or quality:
Definition of “Support”
Give assistance to. Give approval, comfort, or encouragement to. Be actively interested in and concerned for the success of … Suggest the truth of; corroborate.
Peer support is a naturally occurring, mutually beneficial process where people who share a common experience meet as equals, share skills, strengths and hope, learn from each other not only how to cope, but how to thrive. Peer support provides social connection, meaningful understanding and resources that are vital to well-being.
The Mental Health Support Project engages specialized peer supporters - people with lived experience who have received specialized training – who assume unique, designated roles within the mental health system, to support an individual’s expressed wishes regarding their mental health recovery journey.
Specialized Peer Support training is peer developed and delivered and endorsed by Consumer/Survivor Initiatives, Peer Support organizations and Patient Councils, and is rooted in principles of recovery, hope and individual empowerment.
Our Program Goals are to:
- Provide a safe and welcoming environment based on peer support values where people with lived experience of mental illness can come together to enjoy one another’s company and if they wish, to work on their individual goals.
- Increase the protective factors for well-being. These include: building social connection, self-esteem and coping skills; increasing access to resources, and social supports; and enhancing quality of life, and sense of well-being.
- Have fun, enjoy life and connect with others.
- Increase individual resilience and learn how to include physical, social, emotional, spiritual and psychological health.
- Address stigma by participating in public education events and advocating to reduce inequalities
- Involve participants in training opportunities to increase skills
- Provide resources, connections and support to family members.
The Mental Health Support Project staff and volunteers have had personal experience with mental health challenges. We know what it is like. We also know how important it is to have hope, encouragement and a shared experience with other people in recovery to improve our own quality of life. We are recovery focused; people-centred, and believe in the principles of self-determination and empowerment.
The Mental Health Support Project and The Link is peer run. Participants (also called members) are encouraged, supported and trained to offer activities, be co-facilitators in groups, provide peer-to-peer support and be involved with public education, advocacy and community issues.
Join in the planning activities and events at “The Link” and attend monthly meetings of the “Member’s Sounding Board” (MSB) to provide input and direction about the activities of interest to you.
Many programs are also offered through the North Lanark Community Health Centre.
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