Essential Workers: Retail Staff

During the pandemic, society at large asked our retail workers to literally put their lives on the line to ensure our economy and our day to day lives carried on. Your hard work is appreciated. But we know that it has come 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 Retail 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 retail heroes, in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas. It's the least we can do for what you had done for all of us. 


Saturday July 31st 2021 at 1pm

Saturday August 21st 2021 at 1pm

Saturday September 11th 2021 at 1pm

Moderator: Kofi Ansu-Gyeabour

Kofi is a social worker with a diverse range of experience in this field.

For 15 years he's worked with individuals, caregivers, children,

extended family members and collaborated

with various agencies and service providers.

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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.