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CMHA NS Peer Support Programs

Peer support is emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness.

Our peer support groups are held in safe and respectful spaces, are confidential and accessible.

We partner with a broad range of organizations and community groups across the province to deliver peer support groups to several populations.

CMHA NS peer support groups are;

If you have any questions about our peer support groups, please contact [email protected]

Current Peer Support Groups

Women’s Empowerment Squad

This group is IN PERSON and located in Sydney. To join, contact Samantha Bonnar at [email protected]

Circle of Friends

To join, contact Katie Glover at [email protected]

Caring Connections Family Peer Support Group

Registration is currently closed. Please check back to find out when we will offer this group again.

Newcomers Peer Support Group

To register please contact Livinus Numfor at [email protected]

Becoming a Peer Support Group Facilitator

CMHA NS Division seeks individuals with lived experience to help us offer peer support groups. These relationships are key to ensuring that CMHA NS is meeting the mental health needs of all Nova Scotians are met. 

Facilitators are responsible for guiding a group with a focus on ensuring groups are a respectful and safe space to discuss mental health challenges.

What does a peer support group facilitator do?

Peer support group facilitators have lived through similar experience to those who attend the group, and is trained to support members of the group. Facilitators are responsible for guiding groups with a focus on ensuring groups are a respectful and safe space to discuss mental health challenges.

What we look for: 

What you gain from this role:  

Being a peer support group facilitator with CMHA NS is a big commitment but it’s also a deeply rewarding one. Facilitators often build on their leadership and facilitation skills while building strong connections to their communities. CMHA provides training, along with an honorarium.

Visit the News section of our website to view any current listings for a peer support group facilitator.

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