Peer Support Program

What is the Peer Support Program?
This fall, Diabetes Hope Foundation will be working in partnership with Markham Stouffville Hospital and Trillium Health Partners to pilot a new Peer Support Program for adolescent and youth living with diabetes who need support.

The goal of the program is to match youth with young adults with type 1 diabetes to provide an interim period of support while youth are waiting for health services through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. Registered youth in the program will be matched with a mentor (see pages 3 to 8) for 6-months, or until their support is no longer needed. Our mentors and mentees will both be supported by the referral Diabetes Team throughout the mentorship period.

Who Can Apply for a Mentor?
Patients registered with Markham Stouffville Hospital or Trillium Health Partners’ diabetes programs are eligible to participate in our Peer Support Program. The program has been developed to support youth with diabetes between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. All program participants have to be referred by, and submit an application form signed off by their Diabetes Team to be eligible for the program.

To Speak with the Program Coordinator...
please email rovina@diabeteshopefoundation.com to speak to our Youth Program Coordinator.

Download our New 2017 Brochure to find out more about how to participate in our new program!