It can be helpful to talk with someone who's been there about what's going on for you. They can offer a different perspective, try to answer questions and help you find resources, online or in your community.
Peer support is a chance to connect with another young person who's had their own experiences navigating mental health or substance use challenges. Peer support workers are there to listen to you about any struggle or challenge you may be experiencing. They're not doctors or counsellors, their expertise comes from life experience, which can help if you're feeling nervous or unsure about getting in touch with a service provider.
Peer support workers can't diagnose or treat mental health challenges, and shouldn't be used as a replacement for health professionals (such as doctors, counsellors, psychologists or social workers). They can offer non-judgemental support, understanding, and help with navigating the system and finding services and resources.
Some middle schools, secondary schools, universities and colleges have peer support workers and groups who are there to help you with any problem or challenge you might be having. You may want to ask a teacher, school counsellor, professor or someone else at your school about what's available.
First Nations Friendship Centres and Community Health Centres
Check at your local Friendship Centre or Health Centre to see if they offer peer support.
BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre – Youth & Young Adult Peer Support
If you can't find peer support in your community, you can connect with a Youth Peer Support worker at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre who provide support to young people and families across BC.