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One-on-One Peer Support

About The Program

The One-On-One Peer Support Program provides one-to-one support for youth living with a mental health challenge or supporting somebody else who lives with a mental health challenge. Peer supporters identify as having lived experience either personally or as a supporter. They are mental health professionals who have been trained in utilizing these experiences while supporting others.

This program supports youth who are interested in receiving support and who are working on various areas of difficulty they’re coping with. Peer Supporters in the program provide a strengths-based and holistic perspective. They draw upon personal experiences while empowering individuals to create positive change.

Hope + Me offers its Streams of Recovery model in which you may access a variety of different types of support, both clinical and peer, to help you on your way. We help many young people get connected to the right supports at Hope + Me and across the GTA, regardless of the stage of their journey.

Who Can Benefit?

Youth currently coping with a mental health challenge, facing stigma, feeling a lack of support from within their social circle, feeling unfamiliar with the mental health system, or those individuals who have experienced challenges while seeking mental health support may benefit from this program.

The Value Of Peer Support

  • Reduces social isolation
  • Decreases dependence on emergency services
  • Reduction in symptom distress
  • Model of hope and paths to recovery
  • Emotional and social support
  • Empathetic and understanding listening ear
  • Resources and strategies gained from personal experience of individual offering support

Who Will You Be Meeting With?

Our staff and youth volunteers offer Peer Support within the One-On-One program. Peer Support staff are offered continuous training and supervision from the program manager.

Our youth volunteers have received Peer Support training, completed WRAP® training, and have extensive experience in providing peer support in both groups and on an individual basis.

Program Logistics

  • Appointments last approximately 45 minutes at a time
  • First Name, Last Name, birth date, and postal code must be shared in order to register
  • Confidentiality is maintained at all times within the Peer Support Program
  • Freedom to engage and disengage in the program as you wish
  • Appointments can be held in-person, over the phone, or via video conferencing service
  • Opportunities to speak with different peer supporters should you choose

How To Find Support

For more information about this program,
please contact us at (416) 486-8046
or toll-free at 1-888-486-8236

Free of charge

No diagnosis required

No referral required

Initial contact with program made through Hope + Me Telephone Warm Line

Speak with a Program Navigator to ensure the program will be a good fit

Peer Support is offered currently on the phone, or through Zoom video chat