Introduction

The Youth Peer Support Project is a Lead Agency initiative led by the Youth Engagement Committee in partnership with the Child and Youth Mental Health Service System in Peel Region and Rapport Youth and Family Services.

Youth and young adults facing mental health challenges may experience isolation from their peers and their community. Research shows that most often the first person a youth facing mental health turns to for support and shares with is another peer; for this reason, peer support groups allow youth to engage with other peers who have faced similar experiences. This group allows youth to acquire social skills and develop supportive peer relationships in an informal context, helping them to build a positive support system and increase their knowledge of relevant supports.

To learn more contact, Omar Goodgame at youthengage@peelcc.org.

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