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SJHH / Patients & Visitors/ Patient, Family, & Community Engagement/ Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council

Mental Health and Addiction Program Peer Support Council

What is Peer Support?

Peer Support acknowledges that individuals living with mental illness and their families can better understand and relate to others who are trying to deal with their own mental illness and/or that of a family member or friend.

All staff and Volunteers working within Patient and Family Collaborative Support Services (PFCSS) share the lived experience of mental illness and/or addiction, and/or of being a family member. Our goal is to provide the best individualized support which meets the needs of our peers. 

Self-referrals are accepted.

Download the Mental Health and Addictions Program Patient and Family Collaborative Support Services Brochure (PDF)

Contact Information

Manager, PFCSS
905.522.1155 ext. 36446

Peer Support Providers
905.522.1155 ext. 36600

Family Liaison/Peer Support
905.522.1155 ext. 35599

Peer Support Council

Consists of in, out and ex-patients of St. Joseph’s Mental Health and Addiction Program. Council members sit on a range of committees both within and outside the hospital setting. The Council provides individuals with a vehicle to give input into policy and program change. In addition the Council supports opportunities for individuals to access information, education and support regarding choices, self advocacy, peer support and political awareness.

Peer Support Providers

A range of supports are offered to individuals who are currently using the services of either our inpatient or outpatient mental health and addiction services.

One-to-one peer support occurs through role modeling, listening, problem solving, facilitating access to other peer driven services within the program and supporting transition to the community upon discharge.

Group peer support is offered through self-help or mutual aid group facilitation.

Peer Support Family Liaison

A range of supports are offered to family and friends of persons living with mental illness who are using, or have used, our inpatient and outpatient services. Drawing on lived experience as a family member, the Liaison Worker can meet with family and friends to discuss their needs, help them to access essential resources and provide one to one peer support.

How to become a Peer Support

Click here to complete the application form, or contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.

Contact Information

To submit a completed application form or for more information, please contact:
Phone: 905.522.1155 ext. 33148