Communitas Supportive Care Society has launched the Peer Support website.

Communitas Supportive Care Society has launched the Peer Support website.

Communitas in Abbotsford launches mental-health website

Peer Support site offers resources, training and support groups

Communitas Supportive Care Society in Abbotsford has launched a new Peer Support website.

The site, peersupportcsc.com, offers resources, training, support groups, and more.

The resource involves people who live with mental health challenges supporting others along their journey towards mental wellness. Peer support workers (PSWs) offer hope by showing others that it’s possible to work towards wellness.

Adrianne Roberts has been a PSW with Communitas for almost four years. She has seen first-hand the difference that such a simple connection can make in people’s lives.

“My favourite part of peer support is when the people we serve start to open up and share their struggles and where their journey has taken them,” she said, adding that people often tell her that being in a peer-based relationship is the first time they’ve felt heard. “There’s a lot of empathy in our work.”

Communitas has been offering peer support since 1998 and has worked with Fraser Health to standardize services, training PSW, developing recovery peer support training, and delivering and providing training in WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).

Recently, Communitas became the sole provider of peer support services for the entire Fraser Health region. Jacqui Toews, program director for Communitas, said the organization was gratified when asked to expand its services in this way.

“It is a reflection of the good work that our PSWs and our managers have been doing over the years,” she said. “To be awarded this expansion of services was an affirmation.”

As peer support grew, the need for a consolidated space for the delivery of information and resources grew as well, and the idea for the new website was born.

The site was the brainchild of Patrick Raymond, peer support coordinator for the Fraser Health region. Raymond has a long history with peer support, working at all levels to create standards and accreditation for his profession.

He was one of the first people in Canada to be certified as a PSW. He said he is excited to see the growth of this service and to see Communitas grow with it.

“Having this new website is a great way to communicate ongoing services, support education, and resources links both for stakeholders and the people we serve,” he said.

The website is for anyone interested in recovery. There is information about one-to-one support and WRAP, how to access a variety of groups, and training opportunities.

“The process of developing the website mirrors the work of PSWs in terms of being adaptable and responsive to need,” Toews said.

Adria said working as a PSW has been life-changing. The opportunity to work as a professional, share her life journey, and connect with others has impacted her own mental health in a positive way. Having a professional platform to connect with and support others is validating.

“The fact that we as PSWs have mentally struggled doesn’t become a barrier in this service; it becomes an asset. That’s really beautiful,” she said.

RELATED: Yale leadership students donate self-care packages to Communitas

mental health

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks drew a large crowd to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. Canucks management hopes the crowds return for the planned AHL team this fall, and early returns are positive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Canucks: ‘Incredible’ early interest for Abbotsford AHL tickets

Team has had a strong response to both e-mail information and priority ticket lists

Red dot shows location where fisherman was rescued by boater on Friday, May 7, 2021. Other fisher still missing presumed drowned after boat swamped on Fraser River near Vedder/Sumas confluence. Rescued man swam to shore after boat sank, while friend is still classified as missing as of May 10. (City of Chilliwack map)
Fisherman still missing after boat flipped on the Fraser River

One man made it out, other still missing, after anchor got snagged in the Fraser near Chilliwack

Corina Rochon has been working the front lines of the pandemic in the intensive care unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She is also an instructor in the nursing program at University of the Fraser Valley.
Pandemic the most challenging of Abbotsford nurse’s 16-year career

Corina Rochon works front lines at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Joan Septembre went for a weekend hike at Lindeman Lake, parking next to a vehicle that had two windows smashed in. (submitted photo)
Thieves active at Lindeman Lake and other parking spots along Chilliwack Lake Road

The hiking community is lamenting an uptick in car theft and vandalism as the weather gets nicer

Dario Lopez comes to the Cascades from Madrid, Spain where he played in very competitive junior leagues. (Dan Kinvig/UFV Athletics)
UFV Cascades sign Spanish basketball talent

High-scoring forward Dario Lopez joins team for 2021-22 season

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

RCMP are searching for Philip Toner, who is a ‘person of interest’ in the investigation of a suspicious death in Kootenay National Park last week. Photo courtesy BC RCMP.
RCMP identify ‘person of interest’ in Kootenay National Park suspicious death

Police are looking for Philip Toner, who was known to a woman found dead near Radium last week

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets’ Nate Thompson (11) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Monday, May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Vancouver Canucks see NHL playoff hopes dashed despite 3-1 win over Winnipeg

Montreal Canadiens earn final North Division post-season spot

The B.C. legislature went from 85 seats to 87 before the 2017 election, causing a reorganization with curved rows and new desks squeezed in at the back. The next electoral boundary review could see another six seats added. (Black Press files)
B.C. election law could add six seats, remove rural protection

North, Kootenays could lose seats as cities gain more

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of an Indigenous woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation wants ‘massive change’ after its 3rd police shooting in less than a year

Nuu-chah-nulth woman recovering from gunshot wounds in weekend incident near Ucluelet

Nurse Gurinder Rai, left, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Maria Yule at a Fraser Health drive-thru vaccination site, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The site is open for vaccinations 11 hours per day to those who have pre-booked an appointment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID vaccine bookings to open for adults 40+, or 18+ in hotspots, across B.C.

Only people who have registered will get their alert to book

Dr. Victoria Lee, CEO of Fraser Health, hosts an update on efforts to contain B.C.’s COVID-19 transmission in Surrey and the Fraser Valley and protect hospitals in the Lower Mainland, May 6, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate slowing, 20 more people die

Deaths include two people in their 40s, two in their 50s

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read