This group is an opportunity to talk with others with similar lived experience having survived Covid-19 and to discuss how you are doing now.
Get the Support You Need
We're offering free peer support groups for Covid-19 Survivors. Discuss your experiences and difficulties with fellow peers who also were told they had tested positive. You’ll feel support from your fellow peers and your assigned professional mental health moderator.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation and our sponsor, The Heartwood House, we’re able to put this together for you and help you relate to others and ultimately feel less alone.
Sunday July 25th 2021 at 2:15pm ET
Sunday August 15th 2021 at 2:15pm ET
Sunday September 5th 2021 at 2:15pm ET
Moderator: Jaleesa Bygrave
Jaleesa is a Social Worker who provides therapeutic
services to Black, Indigenous and racialized children and youth
experiencing different forms of racism which impact their
ability to achieve optimal health outcomes.
In addition, she operates a private counselling
practice that provides individual support to persons affected by mental health,
racism and ableism.
FAQs About Our Free Peer Support Groups
Q: Are your peer support groups really free?
A: Yup! There are ZERO hidden costs to participating in our peer support groups. With that said, at the end of your session, you may be prompted with a “payment option”. But that is simply a suggestion, not a requirement!
The quality of peer support you receive is NOT based on whether or not you give to our organization after your sessions are over. You are more than welcome to participate for FREE as much as you like, we’ll be here for you!
Q: Who are the moderators? Do they have actual mental health professional credentials?
A: Absolutely. Our team of moderators includes mental health professionals from a variety of backgrounds. You can read more about our moderators here.
Q: Do I have to use my camera during the peer support groups?
A: NOPE. That’s 100% optional!
Q: What if there isn’t a good time available for the peer support group I’m interested in?
A: Although we try to ensure there are convenient times for everyone, the peer support group you’d like to participate in might not work with your schedule. If that’s the case, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll see what we can do for you!
Q: This seems too good to be true. Why would you give away free mental health services?
A: We understand your skepticism, we do! But it’s true! To find out how and why Pay What You Can Peer Support began, take a look at its origin story here.