Essential Workers: Personal Support Workers (PSWs)
Everyday but especially during the pandemic, you, our Personal Support Workers put your lives on the line to ensure our loved ones were fed, bathed and cared for. But, unfortunately, your hard work comes with a price: exhaustion, burnout and mental strain.
Get the Support You Need
That’s why we are offering free peer support groups for our Personal Support Workers. You’ll feel support from your fellow peers and your assigned 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 Caregivers, in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas. It's the least we can do for what you always do day after day for our families.
Thursday July 22nd 2021 at 4:45pm ET
Thursday August 12th 2021 at 4:45 ET
Thursday September 2nd at 4:45 ET
Moderator: Latisha firstname.lastname@example.org
Latisha is a graduate from the Social Service Worker program at
George Brown College and has her diploma in
Early Childhood Education through Georgian College.
Latisha has an extensive background working with children, youth and adults that have experienced various levels of abuse, anger, and trauma. She has experience in counselling and crisis support within a trauma-informed,
anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework.
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 email@example.com 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.