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New Mental Health Peer Support

We have news to share!

HPP is developing a new mental health peer support initiative: one that is for students, by students. We believe in the power and strength of peer support and that students’ voices are an integral part of peer support, as you are an expert in your own experience. We think it important that students feel represented in their recovery journey. Peer support provides students with access to non-clinical support that promotes belonging and community, encourages resilience and most of all, inspires hope.

This initiative aims to educate about mental health and wellbeing, discover or re-discover passions, promote hope, foster personal growth and empowerment, and build connections.

HPP has partnered with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences to develop such a program.  Students with lived and living experience can explore, discuss, and support each other’s mental health journey as they navigate the post-secondary environment. Mental health professionals and peers will come together to create and deliver a curriculum on various topics that support mental health (i.e. vocational, recreational, skill building, etc.).

If you are interested in informing mental health programming at TMU, this is the opportunity for you! Honorarium will be provided to participants. 12 spots available, first come, first serve.

What will you do?

  • You and your peers will come together to brainstorm ideas.
  • You will leverage your experiences navigating your own wellness as sources of strength and value.
  • You will collectively design and develop relevant and impactful curriculum that will support wellbeing for all TMU students.  
  • You will decide how to engage with these topics.
  • You will participate in the naming of the courses. 
Students talking in a group setting

What will you learn?

  • You will learn about the personal recovery movement, the recovery philosophy and the importance of peer support.
  • You will learn how to work as a member of a team.
  • You will learn how to build and expand ideas, and how to foster creativity into innovative, meaningful, and engaging content.
  • You will learn about your own strengths and how to leverage your own resilience into supporting others.