P2P: Peer 2 Peer Support

Funding: Health Canada Substance Use and Addictions Program. 

Background: Experiential workers, i.e. peer workers with lived/living experience, are important service providers that play a crucial role in supporting individuals that use substances in overdose response settings.  Working in these settings is stressful, and can have lasting social, mental and emotional impacts. Unlike other healthcare providers and first responders, experiential workers often lack access to institutional or occupational mental health supports.

The Peer2Peer (P2P) project aims to identify, implement and evaluate peer-led support interventions for experiential workers in overdose response settings. 

Progress to date: Eight focus groups led by experiential researchers were conducted and an intervention titled 'ROSE' was developed based on the key themes.  R stands for Recognition of Peer Work, O for Organizational Support, S for Skill Development and E stands for Everyone. Components of the ROSE model are currently being implemented at three sites of RainCity Housing in the Vancouver and Fraser Regions, and at SOLID Outreach Society in Victoria. 

Watch this video summarizing the Peer2Peer Project and the ROSE model.

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