Provide peer support programs
How to implement
- Enhance the capacity of peer support programs for people with mental illnesses and/or addiction in the community1 by:
- Clearly defining peer support roles and responsibilities.1
- Increasing the number of peer support workers.1
- Continuously educating peer support workers.1
- For more information, see the sub-strategy: Mental health: inclusive programs
Example in action: The Canadian Mental Health Association of Calgary provides 70 hours of free training, 50 hours of paid internship and employment opportunities for those interested in becoming a peer support worker and sharing their story of recovery.
- Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Advisory Group. Respect, recovery, resilience: Recommendations for Ontario's mental health and addictions strategy. Toronto (ON): Minister's Advisory Group; 2010. Available from: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/ministry/publications/reports/mental_health/mentalhealth_rep.pdf.