Community Mental Wellness Association of Canada (CMWAC) Presents
“Peer Support” Volunteer Training Program Now Open!
Mental illness has one of the highest incidence rates in this century, with one in four provincial residents suffering from varying degrees of mental health issues. To address this, CMWAC is actively organizing the Volunteer Basic Education Training Program (Peer Support Program) for those in need, compassionate individuals, and their families. The program, guided by experts, covers the identification, prevention, handling, and support of mental illnesses, aiming to assist patients, those in recovery, and their families on the path to recovery and reintegrating into society.
Coordinator of the Association, Ms. Chen Yali, stated that the primary funding for this training program comes from limited government grants obtained over many years. The course aims to encourage kind-hearted individuals, relevant parties, and family members to undergo six to eight weeks of basic training. Upon passing the examination, participants will be officially recruited as “Peer Support “ volunteers, supporting those concerned.
The program will begin online on January 6th (Saturday) from 1 PM to 3 PM. For interested kind-hearted individuals, the course is free of charge, with only a $20 registration/membership fee required. The program will be conducted in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, making it the only training course in the province specifically for recovering individuals, families, and concerned parties. It includes theoretical and practical training, covering topics such as understanding psychiatric medication and physiological issues, learning communication skills with psychiatric patients, finding community resources, and problem-solving methods. The trainers are compassionate experts, including senior psychiatric specialist Dr. Edwin Tam, psychologist Dr. Hassam, physician Dr. Devy, educator Nusri Hassa, corporate trainer Marshall Stern, and other professionals.
Ms. Chin emphasizes that trainees who pass the program and become “Peer Support” volunteers will primarily communicate with, care for, assist, support, and accompany those in need towards recovery, participating in community organizations and activities. Due to insufficient government funding and the large number of patients, the association hopes to train more participants in the future to form a strong volunteer team for community service. The association appeals to the public for generous donations, with the charity number: 866055635RR0001, to support its compassionate aid work. As a registered non-profit organization, the association has been operating under limited funding since its establishment, tirelessly striving for social recognition and status for those with mental illnesses. Now, as it begins training “Peet Support ” volunteers, the responsibility is great, and the association hopes for everyone’s support.