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TOPIC FOR POSSIBLE DISCUSSION: Five Fundamental Beliefs About Life – Foundation for Peer Support

· Everyone has the ability to learn and grow.

· People’s beliefs determine their behaviour.

· People think their way through life.

· Whatever people focus on, they give power to.

· Life’s experiences are the best teacher.

Beliefs re-stated within the context of mental health and Recovery

Being diagnosed with a mental health injury does not take away the ability to learn and grow; people can recover and move on with their lives.

What a person believes about himself/herself, because of a diagnoses with a mental injury, is the most important determinant of his/her success in creating the life he/she wants.

Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not take away the ability to think strategically and creatively.

While symptoms and mental illness bring people in for services, the focus needs to shift to wellness and strengths as soon as possible.

Your recovery experience is your greatest gift to your peers … HOPE

Taken from Prairies to Peaks Peer Support Training Manual

Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh

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The below is documented for the purpose of creating a discussion around the purpose and value of PEER SUPPORT.

The following is a statement from Recovery Innovations located out of Phoenix, AZ.

“When peers begin to work in the mental health system, recovery is accelerated in three ways.

The peer’s own recovery is strengthened.

The peer helps others recover.

The peers helps the agency and/or the system recover



First, there is a sense of gratitude that is manifested in compassion and commitment.

Second, there is insight into the experience of internalized stigma.

Third, peers address the “you do not know what it’s like” feeling in their peer.

Fourth, they have had the experience of moving from hopelessness to hope.

Fifth, they are in a unique position to develop a relationship of trust with their peers.

Sixth, they have developed the gift of monitoring their illness and managing their lives holistically, both mind

and body.

The above was taken from Prairies to Peaks Consulting, Inc. PEER Support Training Manual

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Updated: Jul 3, 2020

OSI-CAN is seeking a volunteer writer! As an organization, our mission is to identify and address mental health related barriers in our first responder community. We are a nonprofit volunteer organization that hosts events, facilitates peer support mental health sessions, and connects community members to several mental health resources.

Our schedule is flexible and we offer various tasks remotely. For this reason, we are able to adapt to our volunteers' availability. Please let us know how much time you can offer, and exactly what areas you would like to write about, we will work with you to make it work! This is a great opportunity for those who are looking to make a positive impact. Please contact Julius at or call 306-552-3801

Thank you

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OSI-CAN Target Demographic

The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, Healthcare Workers, Crown Prosecutors, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Crisis Management Workers (such as Mobile Crisis, etc), Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Tow Truck drivers, and private sector First Responders.  Persons who in the performance of their jobs are exposed to criminal acts of Trauma. We also provide supports to the spouses and significant others of those exposed to such trauma.  This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they may not have proper access to support.

OSI-CAN is a program of:

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In Partnership with:

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With the Support of:

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