The pandemic has shone a light on the increased barriers experienced by people living with physical disabilities. This peer support group is for people who are managing the pandemic while also living with a physical disability.
Get the Support You Need
That’s why we are offering free peer support groups for those who have a physical disability. 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 provide peer support groups in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas. We hope you find them valuable and make you not feel so alone, if only for an hour.
Wednesday July 28th 2021 at 3pm ET
Wednesday August 18th 2021 at 3pm ET
Wednesday September 8th 2021 at 3pm ET
Moderator: Laura Moll
Laura is a Certified Social Worker and Grief Therapist
with extensive knowledge and experience in research and counselling
in the fields of aging, disability and rehabilitation.
Laura is experienced in psychosocial/psychoeducational assessment,
counselling, practicing as a group facilitator and experienced lecturer.
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.