psyGenics

Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentoring Program is about self-determination, support and empowerment. At PsyGenics, we believe in the core value that people who receive support from the public mental health system due to a disability should be able to define what they need in life and should have access to meaningful choices and ultimately should have control over their lives.

A Peer Mentor is a person with a developmental disability who has learned successful life strategies through their own experiences.
A Peer Mentor differs from a counselor or supports coordinator. A Peer Mentor offers first hand experiences on how to use community mental health services and resources available to people with disabilities.
Peer Mentors can help guide you towards greater self -advocacy, empowerment, and personal responsibilities for their own success.

Services may include:

  • Benefits Planning
  • Supported Employment
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Post-secondary Education
  • Moving towards independence
  • Recreation/Community Participation
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Independent Facilitation
 
  • Build bridges to people and resources within your community
  • Help you help yourself
  • Offer empathy, not sympathy
  • Assist you in building your own independent lifestyle
  • Encouragement and support through their own experiences
  • Help you take control of your own lives
  • Can help you with your Person Centered Plan goals
 

Peer Mentoring is available to you in addition to all of the other services you may receive. A Peer Mentor does not replace supports coordination but rather supports the entire team and consumer. – “Instead of giving myself reasons why I can’t, I give myself reasons why I can” – Anonymous