Peer Ambassadors have lived experience with mental health and recovery, and are trained to provide support to other young adults experiencing mental health challenges.
What is Peer Support?
Having “been there” themselves, a Peer Supporter can listen and respond from a place of true understanding. Being in a different place in their recovery process, they can communicate hope and optimism. The values of respect, choice and mutual sharing form the basis of the relationship.
Our Peer Support Initiatives
Chapter Two: Our Peer Support Training Program at Stella’s Place
Comprehensive and free, our Peer Support Training Program helps individuals aged 18 to 29 build their personal peer support practice. Applications close December 9 and training begins in January.
Community Healing Project
A trauma-informed approach to community violence to help equip young adults with mental health skills. The Community Healing Project engages young people who live in or are connected with one of the communities that the project is working with.
Pathway to Peers at Mount Sinai Hospital
This partnership places a Peer Support Worker trained by Stella’s Place into the emergency department at Sinai. The Peer Support Workers are able to help from a place of understanding for young people coming into emergency in distress.
UofT Mississauga Peer Support Program
We are working with the the Student Union from University of Toronto Mississauga to develop a Peer Support Program Plan. This involves facilitating a training program for the volunteers who will provide services on campus.
Strides, Toronto Gender-Based Violence Program
At Stella’s Place, we have adapted our Peer Support Training Program to support folks with experience of Human Trafficking and Gender Based Violence to encourage trauma recovery, build hope, confidence, and resilience.
“Meeting someone who has been there, who listens to you, who shows that they ‘get it’— it makes you feel a little less lonely, and a little bit more like, “OK, if someone else can manage this, then maybe there is some hope: like this life can be do-able.”
–Victoria, Young Adult Council Member
“You have to know your community—respect them and want to help them, but understand their needs. Working with people is more about listening to them, being present and not about jumping to solutions or problem solving too soon. I’m able to combine my training with my own experiences and reach others in a really personal way.”
-Abdul, former Youth Peer Mentor Coordinator