What is peer support?
Youth Peer Support Workers are young people who identify as having lived/living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges. They utilize their experience as their expertise, along with peer support training, and help other young people discover that they are their own expert as well. A peer supporter recognizes you as an expert in your own life and will work collaboratively with you on your goals.
The goal of peer support is to provide emotional support, acceptance, validation, and empathy regardless of circumstances. The focus is to ensure the person feels support in their recovery and healing. More importantly, peer supporters ensure people in need of help are not isolated.
What can I expect when working with a Peer Support Worker?
- They will hold space and for you to talk about whatever is going on for you.
- They will provide encouragement around your goals and ambitions.
- With similar lived experience, Peer Support Workers will walk alongside you in your journey towards wellness.
- Youth Peer Support Workers empower you to find and strengthen your voice to advocate for yourself and the life you want to lead.
- The flexibility of peer support workers can also complement other treatments and support services. For example, if you’re seeing a counsellor, it may also be helpful to see a peer supporter worker at the same time.
- Navigating the healthcare system and learning about the many services available can be difficult. Peer support workers can help young people understand services and treatment available to them as well as help them advocate for themselves, their friends and their family.
What types of Support do Peer Supporters offer?
- You can connect one on one with a Peer Support Worker to chat about what’s going on for you or to learn more about Foundry’s virtual services. Peer Support Workers are young people with lived experience trained to walk alongside you in your wellness journey.
- To book a one–on–one session with a Peer Support Worker fill out our online registration form here, call us at 1-833-FØUNDRY with a zero or 1-833-308-6379, or email us at Online@Foundrybc.ca
Follow Up Sessions
- These are appointments booked after a counselling session to check in with you
- If are you are interested in a follow up session, let your counsellor know at the end of your appointment and they will help get a follow up session booked for you.
What can I expect?
- A peer supporter check-in session can be made within a few days of your Foundry Virtual counselling appointment.
- Sessions are booked as one-time appointments and will be approximately 45 minutes in length.
- Sessions will be booked after your counselling appointment if you decide you want to connect with a peer supporter.
- These follow-up sessions are the first peer support service we are offering. Stay tuned for announcements of additional offerings, including peer support groups and additional one-on-one services, coming soon.
- Peer Support Workers also lead and co-lead various groups, check out our groups page for more information and for upcoming groups
Due to spam settings in Gmail accounts, you may be missing out on important messages from our team about your appointment! To ensure responses from us don’t go to your spam folder, you will need to set up your filter settings:
- Log in to your Gmail account.
- Click the GEAR icon at the top right and then click SETTINGS.
- Go to “FILTERS AND BLOCKED ADDRESSES” and click “CREATE A NEW FILTER”.
- In the “HAS THE WORDS” section, type @Foundrybc.ca to keep our emails out of your Spam Folder.
- Click “CREATE FILTER”.
- Check “NEVER SEND IT TO SPAM” and “ALSO APPLY FILTER TO MATCHING MESSAGES” boxes.
- Click “CREATE FILTER” again.
Learn more about groups!
Foundry virtual also offers a number of groups and workshops (some hosted by peer support workers!). Learn more about the workshops at foundrybc.ca/virtual/youth-groups.