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Pillars of youth peer support

Wednesday, September 26, 2018Laura Kelly

The Centre and the Community Suicide Prevention Network of Ottawa (CSPN) are proud to present the Pillars of Youth Peer Support, a nine-part video learning series co-developed with youth and community experts. This collection is designed to introduce young people to key elements of youth peer support and build their confidence in providing support to peers. We encourage you to watch these videos in order.

Youth peer support 101Supporting your peer's journeyCommunication considerationsSharing your storyWorking across differencesSupporting your peer through a crisisTaking care of yourselfMaking connectionsEnding a peer support relationship

Why was this series created?  

We know a lot of youth who experience mental health challenges aren’t reaching out to service providers or getting the professional help they need. We also know that most youth will turn to their friends and peers for help and guidance. As such, peer support is gaining momentum as a service option available for youth. Most of the information and resources available on peer support, however, are focused on adult populations, rather than youth. This online series aims to help fill this gap by providing youth with information and strategies they can use to develop effective peer support relationships.  

How was this series created?  

This learning series was co-developed by youth and adult allies knowledgeable about mental health. It draws upon academic research, public reports and the real-life experiences of young people. To ensure the information resonates and reflects youth realities, focus groups with youth partners were held to ground the information in lived experiences and to provide concrete examples and suggestions for peer support.  

Who is the audience for this learning series?  

We want youth ages 16-24 to watch these videos. We hope the information is of value to them whether they have no experience with peer support or are currently providing peer support in a formal setting.  

What is the goal of this series?  

This online series is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to youth peer support. Check out the reference and resource document for more information and learning opportunities.  The facilitation support guide has also been created to promote further reflection and discussion on the topics.  

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

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Tel.: 613-737-2297   Fax: 613-738-4894


Please note: We do not provide mental health advice, counselling or treatment.
If you, or if someone you know is in crisis right now, please call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.

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