Peer Support

Virtual Zoom Peer Meeting

Weekly Psychoeducational Support Meetings via Zoom

7 to 9 pm - EDT

Our weekly psychoeducational sessions will be led by a range of mental health professionals and a group of trained peer supporters who have similar experience. These peer supporters are non-judgmental and can walk alongside you in your journey.  The sessions also  include a mindfulness component. There is no cost to you to virtually attend the meetings and they are held in strict confidence.

Psychoeducational sessions will be led by a range of mental health professionals at each meeting. To view upcoming meetings and find out who is the scheduled therapist, click on the calendar below.

This page offers a listing of peer support resources available across Canada. It is very important for each person who reaches out to a peer support group to determine if that group is the right fit for your individual needs. Empathy may be the key connecting factor – recognizing a person who has wlaked in your shoes. Others may want specific groups for different people to build comfort and trust in each other before allowing newcomers in. Some of the reources listed below are available throughout Canada while others are based by province.

Looking to add your peer support group to our website?
Contact: info@badgeoflifecanada.org

Canada Wide Support

The Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada work in partnership to deliver Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS). Their services complement other mental health and family support services available from both departments.

  • OSISS provides a national peer support network for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families experiencing an operational stress injury (OSI). First responders may be included in the group, dependent on the resources available in that area.
  • The OSISS network is coordinated by screened, trained peers who bring firsthand experience and practical knowledge of what it is like to struggle with an OSI or to live with someone with an OSI.
  • Within the program, confidentiality is paramount. Your identity and discussions with them are held in confidence, except in situations of imminent harm to a person, child abuse, or subpoena.

If you or your family member have an OSI, the road to wellness can be hard to navigate. Peer support connects you with an understanding ear, a supportive community of people with similar experiences, help to set goals, and effective resources that can help. Breaking down the stigma and providing social support has led many Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families to seek the help they need and change their lives for the better.

The OSISS program includes CAF members, veterans and family members in multiple locations across Canada who provide mentorship, firsthand lived experience and practical knowledge of what life is like with an OSI. Because we are peers (someone with a similar experience) we are non–judgmental and can walk alongside you in your journey. Our program is for peers, by peers. If you think you, or a loved one, may have an OSI, all you need to do to take the first step contact OSISS Coordinator.

All first responders, health care professionals, dispatchers, military members and corrections workers are welcome.
Join them for coffee and anonymous mental health solution based discussion.

They provide a safe and stigma free environment for anyone wishing to receive peer support with regards to occupational trauma and stress. You are welcome to share your views on related topics or simply sit back and be part of an understanding group of fellow peers.

Reminder that a mental health diagnosis is NOT required to attend, and that they do not provide professional care. Crisis numbers will be provided at every meeting. They hope to see you there.

Wings of Change Peer Support Website

Support by Province

Edmonton Police Service Veterans’ Assiatence Program

Their “In-person” Peer Support meetings have resumed, however, they are held at a different location. This new location has enabled them to have their meetings in accordance with the Alberta Guidelines regarding Covid-19. If you wish to contact either member of their Peer Support group, they are available 24/7. Please call and/or e-mail them.

Please contact John or Chris for the address and instructions to the new location.

Chris Hayden – e-mail
1-780-913-4362 (Chris can be contacted at this number 24/7.)

John Rutledge – e-mail
1-780-819-5877 (John can be contacted at this number 24/7.)

The First Responders Cafe

Established January 2018 to provide confidential weekly support groups in several Northern Communities of B.C.
They welcome all First Responders who come together to share their experience, strength, and hope with each other. They are a non-profit registered under the societies act of British Columbia.

Governed by a Board of community minded citizens, and including  members of RCMP, EMS, Fire Services, Search and Rescue, Victim assistance Worker, two Medical Doctors with their president Human Resources Manager Hampton Lumber. Their Directors are concerned with the increase in number of suicides in their province. Smaller northern communities do not have the resources as larger centers.

For further information please contact Ron Blinn – Project Coordinator.
Email: ronbren@telus.net

RCMP Support for Operational Stress Injuries

Support – Connection – Resilience / Soutien – Connexion – Résilience.
Your conversations are kept confidential, respectful, and non-judgmental at all times.

J Div Coordinator – Jonah Emery, CPS
NB & Peer Support Accreditation Canada Certified Peer Support Specialist
Spécialiste certifié de soutien par les pairs
Call or text 613-407-8410
Jonah.Emery@RCMP-GRC.GC.CA
RCMP J Div SOSI Office
65 Regent Street
Fredericton, NB
RCMP Support for Operational Stress Injury (SOSI) / GRC Soutien blessures de stress opérationnel (SBSO)

Coming soon

Saskatchewan Peer Support Groups

Coming soon

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