Whether you are looking to strengthen your own peer support skills, launch a peer support group in your own community, learn or improve upon practical techniques to manage anxiety, psychological distress or crisis-response, and/or other care and response management tools and practices, here are resources and processes here that can help you get started.

Formal Peer Support Resources

Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

This document, created by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, is comprised of two sets of guidelines. Part 1, Guidelines for the Practice of Peer Support, provides an overview of peer support, along with the guiding values, principles of practice, and skills and acquired abilities to be respected by all involved in formal peer support programs. Part 2, Guidelines Peer Support Training, outlines the skills and knowledge to be included in peer support training programs. 

Creating a Safe Space: Strategies to Address the Psychological Safety of Healthcare Workers (Canadian Patient Safety Institute)

This document from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute provides a comprehensive overview of what peer support is available in Canada and internationally. It outlines best practice guidelines, tools and resources that policy-makers, accreditation bodies, regulators and health care leaders can use to assess the support needs of health care workers. The Creating a Safe Space Toolkit is also included, which offers a list of organizations across the globe that have successfully implemented their own peer support programs for health care providers. This toolkit was developed in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.