CMHA Nova Scotia Division and the Membertou First Nation Men’s Society are currently seeking two peer support facilitators to lead an upcoming peer support group for Indigenous youth who identify as male and are between the ages of 15 and 18. The group is scheduled to kick off on September 19, 2022, with training beginning August 24, 2022.
The training period is eight hours and will be done in person if allowed by public health guidelines. Otherwise it will be done virtually.
What does a peer support group facilitator do?
Facilitators are responsible for guiding a group with a focus on ensuring groups are a respectful and safe space to discuss mental health challenges.
Qualifications and Skills required to be a peer support facilitator:
- Must be located in Cape Breton, within driving distance to Membertou, NS.
- Community facilitator experience
- Comfortable with Public Speaking
- Lived experience with mental health
- Engaging and encouraging personality
- Credibility within the community
- Ability to lead
- Leadership experience
- Organizational skills
- Willingness to commit to the agreed upon schedule [Two hours per week, in person [according to health guidelines, over 8 weeks]
What you gain from this role?
Working in peer support is an especially rewarding experience. You get to share the tools, skills, and information you have learned to transform your own life with individuals going through similar struggles.
Not only do you get to contribute to the lives of others, but you also improve your own recovery and well-being in the process. 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.
What do we provide:
- Peer support facilitator training with a certified peer support
- An honorarium [amount to be discussed]
- Ongoing support
- Administrative support
- Free registration with Peer Support Nova Scotia to start the path to become a certified peer support worker
- Support during the session
If the time commitment and activities above sound like a fit for you, please email your resume and cover letter in confidence to Keith Anderson, Provincial Lead – Peer Support and Community Suicide Prevention [CAST] at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m.