Peer 2 Peer Support
Peer mentorship is a voluntary supportive relationship proven to be highly effective for people living with epilepsy. Peer Support Canada defines peer support as “an emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge and illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience and is trained to support others.”
Our Peer 2 Peer Support program matches anyone at least 16 years old, including caregivers, with a peer mentor who has been living well with epilepsy for at least two years to engage in meaningful, supportive relationship building.
Once a match is made, the primary purpose of a peer mentor is to provide hope and understanding to the mentee(s) by drawing on personal experience. Ultimately, peer mentors provide empathy and connection alongside their mentee’s journey towards stability.
To become a Peer Mentor, you must be living well with epilepsy for at least two years, have a high level of self awareness, and be ale to set clear boundaries. Each mentor will make a minimum commitment of one year to EAC and will support at least one mentee during that time.
All Peer Mentors are required to participate in a volunteer orientation and submit related documents. Once complete, you will be screened by an EAC panel and participate in a six-hour, three part training program.
Do you have an idea for a workshop? Or a suggestion for our new peer support program?
We want to hear from you! Call 403-230-2764, ext 105 or email us your idea.