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 help the agency and/or the system recover as a SHARED EXPERIENCE
GIFTS THAT ARE THE FRUIT OF A LIVED EXPERIENCE
● First, there is a sense of gratitude that is manifested in compassion and commitment.
● Second, there is an insight into the experience of internalized stigma.
● Third, peers address the “you do not know what it’s like” feeling in their peers.
● 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
Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh.
Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada.
We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness.
We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help
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 --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. 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 are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.