My Next Chapter: Our Peer Support Training Program

Welcome to My Next Chapter!

You’ve lived through some hard things, you turned the page, and now you want to help others do the same. Sound familiar? Then My Next Chapter is for you.

My Next Chapter is the Stella’s Place Peer Support Training Program. Comprehensive and free, our program helps individuals aged 18-29 build their personal peer support practice based on the pillars of compassion, cultural inclusivity and understanding, and community building.

Our training takes place once a week over 4 months. Each training group has a maximum of 10 people each. It’s intensive, in-person, and intimate.

Criteria to Apply

  • 18-29 years old

  • Living in the Toronto Area (Toronto, Scarbrough, North York, Etobicoke, East York, etc.) 

  • Lived experience with a mental health issue

  • Received peer support (from family/friend, or someone you connected with through school, community, drop-in program, work, volunteer, in a healthcare setting, or any other environment)

  • Passionate about peer support and/or social services

  • Far enough along on your recovery journey to talk about and hear about mental health issues with a group of people you don’t know

  • Would like to be in a welcoming, attentive environment to speak about your experience as a member of a marginalized group

  • Have the support and/or tools you need to self-regulate both inside and outside the training, in the event you are activated or triggered during training

  • Able to commit 6 hour per week to training over approximately 4 months

  • Want to contribute to a space where everyone is both a learner and a teacher

  • Can attend 75% of sessions to receive certificate

Applications closed August 11th.

Please check back for future sessions!

A portrait of Chukuka from the waist up, smiling and wearing a cheetah print sweater and standing in front of a poster for the movie Moonlight.

Through my own lived experience, I have defined a lifelong goal; I want the experiences of people who look like me to be seen, believed, heard and understood. My journey through peer support has given me the skills, empathy and purpose to take on my goal every day.


Chukuka Ebuta, Peer Initiatives Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Peer Support?

Peer support is a practice in which a person who has lived experience of mental health either themselves, as a family member, or a caretaker intentionally supports other people on their recovery journey.

What will I learn?

Lots! Here are just a few things:

  • The Spectrum of Mental Health

  • How to listen intentionally

  • Power, Privilege, and Oppression

  • Social Determinants of Health

  • Inclusion and Diversity

  • All the ins and outs of relationships with peers

  • How to lead with compassion

  • Career expectations

  • So much more, we can’t fit it all here!

What does it cost?

Nothing! The program is completely free.

How big is the program?

We accept a maximum of 10 learners per cohort and have an application process to be part of the program.

How long does it take?

Training takes 4 months in total.

When will it take place?

  • Training takes place once a week, from 10:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M.

    There will be two 15 minute breaks and an hour of lunch. 

    We will be providing breakfast snacks and a full lunch.

I have more questions. Who should I speak to?
Send your questions to Chukuka at