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.
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.
These experiences, and my journey of recovery, have led me to turn my passion for mental health education into my career in Peer Support and Mental Health. The power of human connection, in particular, Peer Support, plays a critical role in helping those of us facing mental health challenges. I remain focused on my own self care and how I can use this 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