This peer counselling training program was requested by Peers’ program participants and staff in order for community members to learn concrete skills to provide peer-to-peer mental health supports.
This training is important because mental wellness & stigma are important issues impacting sex workers, however sex workers often face barriers and a lack of access to mental health services.
In light of this, peer counselling & community care is important. Peer support models for sex workers have also been shown to be effective in the areas of health promotion and harm reduction. Peer support has also been useful for supporting folks living with depression and other mental health issues across vulnerable populations.
This 10-week counselling training program was funded through an Island Health Community Wellness grant and carried out in partnership with researchers at the University of Victoria.
Read more about our training program and its outcomes for the community here!