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What is Peer Support?

Peer support provides the chance to connect with another young person who’s there to listen to you about any struggle or challenge you may be experiencing. They’re not doctors or counsellors, their expertise comes from life experience, which can help if you’re feeling nervous or unsure about getting in touch with a service provider.

Peer support workers offer:

  • non-judgmental support and understanding
  • help with navigating the health care system
  • help finding services and resources

Foundry Peer Support |ONLINE OR IN-PERSON

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Foundry offers peer support in Foundry centres across BC. If you do not have a Foundry centre in your community, our provincial virtual services offer peer support to youth anywhere in BC, learn more here.

Schools |SERVICES VARY DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHOOL

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Some middle schools, secondary schools, universities and colleges have peer support workers and groups who are there to help you with any problem or challenge you might be having. You may want to ask a teacher, school counsellor, professor or someone else at your school about what’s available.

Body Image and Disordered Eating Peer Support |ONLINE

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The Looking Glass Foundation offers free, regularly scheduled, real time Online Peer Support to people of age 14 and older across Canada who are experiencing disordered eating, weight or body image image issues.

Overseen by a trained Looking Glass Moderator, each free chat session offers a safe, virtual, and confidential space for people to talk about what is going on for them, to share experiences, and to benefit from the empathy and understanding of others who get what it can be like to struggle with this challenge.

Trans Care BC Peer Support |PHONE OR EMAIL

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Trans Care BC provides support to peer-led initiatives, such as trans support groups and groups for parents/caregivers of gender diverse children and youth, through funding opportunities, networking opportunities, and peer project support and mentorship.

  • Phone: Toll-free (BC): 1-866-999-1514
  • Outside of BC or unable to call a toll-free number: 604-675-3647
  • Email: transcareteam@phsa.ca

Find out about peer supports in your area in Trans Care BC's service directory.

 

Mood Disorders Association Peer Support Groups |ONLINE

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A Mood Disorder Association of BC (MDABC) peer-led support group is a safe place to share your story, your struggles and accomplishments, and to listen to others as they share similar concerns. At a MDABC support group you can get a sense of belonging, informal education about your mental health challenges, and the support of others who have 'been there'. Support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers with lived experience of mental health concerns.

Please Note: Support groups are not intended to provide counselling/therapy.​

MDABC has peer-led support groups for people ages 18 and older in the lower mainland, interior and Vancouver Island. For more information and locations see the MDA Peer Support Group page.

"It was so good to speak with you [Youth Peer Support Worker]. I felt you really cared and understood my struggle. I cannot thank you enough. I will look into the resources you recommended. I really appreciate your time and empathetic ear."

- BC Youth

“I feel so much better after talking to you [Youth Peer Support Worker]! What you said was really helpful.”

- BC Youth
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