Peer Support

Type of Service

Peer/Self Help

Program Description

Durham Mental Health Services believes that individuals with lived experience of mental illness can vitally contribute to client support and community education. Our Peer Support program provides practical, emotional, and educational support to individuals who experience mental health problems.

In addition, the program works in the community to raise awareness of mental illness, provide education, and coordinate Peer Support programming with other organizations across Ontario's central-east region.

Program includes:
- group and individual support
-setting recovery goals
- life-skills training and coaching
- psychoeducational programming
- social networking and support;
- linkage to services.

Community support includes: education; system coordination; and peer-support program development. The consumer peer-support specialist relationship can promote resilience and help buffer stressors or adversity. Consumers benefit from the empathy and encouragement that a person who has lived with struggles can offer. It is support 'by peers for peers' - a positive, hopeful, and equal relationship that promotes health, dignity, and self-acceptance.

Access Information

Referrals are accepted from all sources.

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 905-666-0831 ext. 3225
Toll-Free 855-888-3647
Fax 905-448-0456

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Durham)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed
Note No smoking in any DMHS building.

Application Referral Forms


English Interpretation Services


Main Hours

Monday 0900-1700
Tuesday 0900-1700
Wednesday 0900-1700
Thursday 0900-1700
Friday 0900-1700