Thursday, February 27, 2020, 1:00 PM EST – 2:00 PM EST
This webinar hosted by CICMH will provide an overview of the benefits of peer support on campus, the specifics of implementing such programs in a post-secondary setting and how collaborations with other partners can help campuses get started with their peer support program. The webinar will outline advice and lessons from an Ontario post-secondary institution that successfully implemented peer support. An overview of the new CICMH Campus Peer Support Toolkit will also be provided.
Keely Phillips, MSW, is the Manager of the Centre for Excellence in Peer Support at CMHA Waterloo Wellington. Keely has worked in peer support for 12 years and has authored many resources on peer support including a toolkit on supervising peer workers and an international charter defining mental health peer support. She has led the implementation of many peer support programs including the Peer Navigator program at Conestoga College. Keely draws from her lived experiences of mental health issues in her peer support work.
Sean Connors holds the position of Student Wellness Coordinator at Mohawk College where his primary role is to aid in the development, implementation and oversight of wellness initiatives on campus. This includes coordinating a number of student and staff lead health promotion teams, including a new mentorship program developed to support students facing mental health issues. Previously, Sean worked as a Residence Life Coordinator for five years, where he played a pivotal role in supporting student mental health and well-being at Seneca College, Georgian College, and Mohawk College. Sean recently completed his Master of Education degree through Memorial University with a focus in post-secondary education.