Essential Workers: Medical Staff

In these trying times, you, our medical staff, are working harder than ever to ensure the rest of us stay healthy and safe. But, unfortunately, your hard work comes with a price: burnout and mental strain. 

Get the Support You Need


That’s why we are offering free peer support groups for medical staff. Discuss your frustrations, difficulties, and trying medical situations with fellow individuals in the medical field. 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 give back to you, our outstanding medical staff in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas.


Monday July 19th 2021 at 6pm ET

Monday August 9th 2021 at 6pm ET

Monday August 30th 2021 at 6pm ET

Moderator: Anne-Marie Clarkson

Anne-Marie is an Advanced Practice Nurse specializing in

Psychiatric Mental Health for over 15 years.

As an experienced helping professional, she has a

particular interest in providing support and care for first-responders

and front-line health care workers.


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 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.