GROUP PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
PWO provides free group peer support to people experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD). Our Drop-in Peer Support Group is for parents seeking peer support in a group setting. The aim of the group is for peers to provide and receive support around Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, challenges with parenting and other challenges that present in the perinatal period. PWO facilitates a group that is welcoming, non-judgemental, and compassionate in order to be able to share authentically about our struggles. All peer support groups are co-facilitated by 2 Peer Support Volunteers. Feel free to attend every group or whenever you are able to, there is no pressure to attend every group.
Our summer peer support groups will run on the following days at 10am:
Our drop-in groups do not include crisis support. Our peer support groups are meant to provide support in addition to any professional supports you access and are not meant to be in place of a therapeutic support group, individual therapy or support from a healthcare practitioner. We encourage all our peers to explore a treatment plan that is holistic in approach including mental health therapy, medication, and lifestyle interventions, to name a few.
Please feel free to come as you are, in your sweats, with a cup of tea or however you like! Babies are very welcome to attend and please do not hesitate to attend to whatever you need to during group time. For your own confidentiality, and for the confidentiality of the group we do ask that other adults are not in the same room as you while you attend group or that you are using headphones so that other people cannot hear the conversations. Feel free to share as much or as little as you’d like or just come and observe until you are more comfortable to share. The focus of the group is to provide support, share ideas for coping and help each other feel seen, heard and less alone.
Please contact Karin to access the online group. Karin can also provide referrals to in-person/virtual peer support programs in your area.