Peer support can provide hope, connection, and practical help that accelerates recovery from anxiety. Peer support must continue to grow throughout Canada’s health care system, becoming a core part of the recovery process rather than an adjunct. People can experience remarkable improvements in their lives through relatively small investments in peer support—but growing and sustaining such initiatives requires adequate financial resources.
We hope to empower more people with the knowledge of anxiety and coping strategies, in order to be able to continue working, return to work, pursue educational activities, live healthy, rewarding lives and know how to provide support to someone with an anxiety disorder.
We hope to reduce the number of people going to emergency departments or crisis centres due to anxiety and if they do, to provide peer support in those locations.
We also hope to contribute to a reduction in the stigma of mental illness, encouraging people to become more open to seeking help and more accepting and empathetic of others experiencing mental health struggles.