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Self Help & Peer Support services are provided BY people who experience a mental health and/or addiction issue FOR people who experience a mental health and/or addictions issue.
For more information about attending our groups visit our Peer Support Groups page.
Please Note: Groups are for adult residents of Waterloo-Wellington ONLY. Unfortunately, we cannot accept participants from outside of Waterloo Region, Guelph and Wellington County.
For individual appointments, general email requests, or to inquire about an enrolled group, please email email@example.com.
9 Wellington Street, Cambridge ON N1R 3Y4
80 Waterloo Ave., Guelph ON N1H 0A1
67 King Street E. Kitchener ON N2G 2K4
In the late 1980’s, numerous Consumer Survivor Initiatives (CSI) were established across Ontario. These groups were mainly support by the Ontario Ministry of Health, as a contribution towards local mental health organizations.
In the Waterloo and Wellington areas, four CSI organizations were created: Cambridge Active Self Help (CASH), Depressive/Manic Depressive Association of W.R. (DMDAWR), Mutual Aid for Psychiatric Survivors (MAPS), and Waterloo Region Self Help (WRSH).
By 2000, many CSI’s across Ontario had disappeared or were facing uncertain futures. These issues led to discussions about local and creative funding.
In 2003, the four groups in the Waterloo and Wellington areas decided to form the Self Help Alliance in order to share staffing and resources. At this time, 2 of the 4 organizations had changed their names. DMDAWR became Mood Disorders Association Waterloo Region (MDAWR), while maps was now referred to as Wellington-Dufferin Self Help (WDSH). As this alliance proved to be very beneficial to the four organizations, in 2009 the decision was made to merge formally. Therefore, on June 22, 2009 the Self Help Alliance Waterloo Wellington became officially incorporated.
As of April 1, 2013 the Self Help services formally joined the new Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington Branch, becoming Self Help & Peer Support in December of 2017. We believe this partnership will further see the enhancement and system support for peer roles within every juncture of the Addiction and Mental Health System.
Finding My Way: A Personal Recovery Guide
The Self Help & Peer Support Volunteer Program is an opportunity for those who identify with a lived experience of mental health and/or addiction issues to gain skills and experience in a variety of areas.
The program provides skill development opportunities and hands-on experience, enhancing the individual’s quality of life, enriching their experience, and leading to valuable, future community volunteer connections while engaging in their own recovery process.
Our efforts involve recruiting and involving people with lived experience to provide leadership in the service’s activities. We work to ensure that all volunteer roles are clearly defined, safe, rewarding, and valued with Self Help & Peer Support and the CMHA WW organization. We seek opportunities for volunteers to grow in their roles and responsibilities according to their interests and the needs of the service.
Volunteer roles include:
Regular volunteer meetings
Mandatory trainings involved: