INDIVIDUAL PEER SUPPORT SESSIONS
We want to ensure that every grieving child, teen, adult and family has the opportunity to share their feelings, thoughts and story in a safe, non-judgmental space. For some, group settings might not be the best option, therefore we also offer individual peer support sessions where you can talk to someone individually.
MORE ABOUT OUR INDIVIDUAL PEER SUPPORT SESSIONS
Before any participant can join our support groups, they must have an initial, individual peer support session or group information session with 1 of 3 staff or a volunteer or student. Following the initial session, you are able to join a group, continue with individual support, or do a combination of both depending on your preference during your intake. Should you be interested in the one-to-one sessions specifically, or, both one-to-ones and support groups, each person 18+ in age may access up to 8, 30-minute one-to-one sessions total. For those ages 6-17, 12, 30-minute one-to-one sessions are available. We do not provide support for those below the age of 6.
If you are interested in attending support groups only, your initial one-to-one session will act as a group information session and will last up to 30 minutes. Following this, we will register you for your first support group and provide you with information on how to register for sequential groups. No sequential one-to-one sessions are provided if you are only interested in attending groups.
There is no limit to the number of groups an individual can attend and participants are welcome to join a group following their individual peer support sessions/one-to-ones.
Please Note: we do not offer counselling or therapy, we offer peer support. Peer support is the emotional and practical support between two people who share a similar experience, such as the loss of a loved one. Our peer support workers are not certified, counsellors, or therapists. Please visit our FAQ for more information.
Wait Times: our individual support sessions and group sessions are free thanks to the donations received from our community. Since 2020, our organization has experienced fewer staff members and has seen an increased demand of 470% for our individual support sessions. These sessions are facilitated by 1 of 3 staff members or by a volunteer or student. You may expect a 4+ week waiting period due to these demands. We deeply appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this. Should you require immediate support, please visit our Resources page for a list of crisis and immediate phone support lines.
HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH AN INDIVIDUAL PEER SUPPORT SESSION?
Getting support is quick, free, and easily accessible.
To get started, please fill out our intake form and a team member will contact you within 3 business days to set up an initial individual peer support session.