DHF Pilots New Peer Mental Health Program

25 May 2017, Toronto - Diabetes Hope Foundation will be hosting its kick off event for its NEW Peer Mental Health Program at the University of Toronto's Bahen Centre for Information and Technology. The event will be hosted on the weekend of May 27-28th 2017, and include over 12 hours of intensive mental health and leadership training for a group of 22 youth living with type 1 diabetes.

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the foundation has been working with a consortium of stakeholders, including type 1 youth, diabetes educators, social workers and mental healthcare professionals to develop a comprehensive Peer Mental Health Model to provide volunteers with the tools and resources they need to provide frontline peer mental health support. The model has been developed to address the unique needs of youth living with concurrent chronic illnesses like diabetes and mental health.

Through this weekend, the model and training curriculum will be piloted with a select group of volunteers from Diabetes Hope Foundation's scholarship alumni (see Scholarship Program for more information), who have committed to providing 12 months of peer mental health support for Ontario's pediatric diabetes clinics.

This weekend's activities and events have also been sponsored by AstraZeneca, Aubrey and Marla Dan Charitable Foundation, BD Diabetes Care, BMO Financial Group, Eli Lilly Canada, LifeScan/Animas Canada, Merck Canada, Sanofi Aventis and Shoppers Drug Mart.

To find out more about how you can support or become involved in the peer mental health program, please contact barbara@diabeteshopefoundation.com.