Hayley Peek | Consultant - Educator - Peer Supporter - Person With Lived Experience
Offering expertise in consulting, peer support training, and design of behaviour change programs, but of most importance, bringing forward my personal experience living through the struggle of mental health challenges.
Driven by her own personal experiences with mental illness, stigma and recovery, Hayley has turned her passion into her career. She currently specializes in consulting services as well as individual and group peer support. Furthermore, Hayley is currently facilitating both workplace and community training session as Co-Creator of the ‘Supporting Through Struggle’ workshop; an interactive workshop focused on taking a deeper dive into how to have conversations and support someone in struggle.
“Coming face to face with personal mental health challenges has been a journey like no other. I have felt the effects of being completely consumed by illness, feeling like it was the only thing that defined me. I can relate to the feeling of complete isolation and disconnection, self-stigma and total inability to hold any hope for my own wellbeing. Battling mental illness has shown me my darkest moments, but it has also shifted the way I am now choosing to live my life; I began intentionally working with it.”
Hayley is currently trained in Peer Support, ASIST suicide intervention, non-violent crisis intervention, trauma-informed care and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Basics). She remains focused on her own self care and how she can use it to reach others who may also be suffering in silence and say to them You’re Not Alone.
So What is ‘Peer Support’?
“...an emotional and practical support between two people who share a common experience, such as a mental health challenge or illness. A Peer Supporter has lived through that similar experience, and is trained to support others.”
- Adapted from the Peer Support Canada website