Refugees and Immigrants

The pandemic has created many additional challenges and barriers for refugees and immigrants to Canada. Plans have been put on hold, applications have been delayed, people have been separated from their families, to name only a few. This group is here for you to share your experiences and learn from others that you are not alone.


Get the Support You Need

We are privileged and honoured to be able to offer free peer support groups for refugees and immigrants, our new friends and our neighbours. 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 these peer support groups in Ottawa, and the surrounding areas. We hope you find them valuable and can share and vent your experiences the last year, and more.


Sunday July 25th at 11:15am ET

Sunday August 15th at 11:15am ET

Sunday September 5th at 11:15am ET

Moderator: Martin Luciani

Martin graduated from York University with a

Bachelor of Honours Degree in Psychology and he

has a specialty in suicide prevention, crisis intervention and

refugee mental health (with a focus on Mental health in male refugees). 

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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.