The Mental Health Peer Coordinator Program is was launched in the Fall of 2021. The goal of the Mental Health Coordinator Program is to provide networks of support and mentorship to urban Indigenous people under community supervision orders as they seek to improve their mental health, reduce any harms associated with behaviours, avoid justice system recidivism, and pursue a Good Mind.
Mental Health Peer Coordinator Program
Through this program, dedicated coordinators will engage peer mentors with relevant life experiences to form a network capable of conducting talking and sharing circles, lead discussions on life journeys, and offer informal peer counselling supports for program participants.
- Coordinate mentorship for urban Indigenous individuals as they exit incarceration, particularly with regards to mental health or addictions concerns;
- Assist Indigenous individuals under community supervision orders in navigating the justice system and complying with conditions;
- Support and improve individual family wellbeing and the ability to recognize and maintain health relationships;
- Provide access to cultural knowledge and activities that foster self-respect and identity; and;
- Assist in improving the mental well-being using strength-based approaches to achieve and maintain a Good Mind.
If you are interested in being a mentor in this program, please do not hesitate to contact the Mental Health Peer Coordinator at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre.