The Women’s Peer Support group is a unique support group delivered by the Stigma-Free Society. The group is unique in that it consists of a small number of female participants who are generally 18+ who live with a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and/or depression. You do not need an official diagnosis, and we are here for you if you have mental health concerns.
The Stigma-Free Society is committed to forming a group that represents the diversity of women in Victoria. We strongly encourage women of colour, women with disabilities, young mothers, First Nations women, women who identify within the LGBTQ2+ community, and women from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds to attend.
What is Peer Support?
Peer support is the ability to be present in a mutual, authentic, and reciprocal companionship in order to build trust over time, in a supportive community or environment. In a peer support environment, everyone present has lived experience in common, including the group facilitator.
Peer support is rooted in the knowledge that “hope is the starting point from which a journey of recovery must begin.” Peer support workers can inspire hope and demonstrate the possibility of recovery. They are valued for their authenticity because they can relate to the challenge and have found their way to recovery.
In peer support, recovery “focuses on people recovering a quality of life in their community while striving to achieve their full potential. Recovery does not necessarily mean “cure.” It goes beyond the reduction of symptoms and considers an individual’s wellness from a holistic point of view that includes their relationships, their involvement within community, their general wellbeing and a sense of empowerment. Peer support focuses on health and recovery rather than illness and disability.”
Stigma-Free Women’s Peer Support Group
The group includes having conversations ranging from the topics of mental wellness, career building, self-care to coping strategies. The women’s group is a place of healing, where women can build friendships, work toward acceptance of their mental health and obtain support to manage their lives.
We Meet Online on ZOOM as per the global situation we are facing.
Note that ONLY individuals from Canada are permitted to take part.
NEW TIME is: 7:15pm – 8:30pm
Please Contact Us to obtain ZOOM details and let us know if you would like to attend Online.
It would be great to see you there!