All People All Pathways peer support meetings are back for Carleton students and staff! They will now be virtual, through the Zoom platform. All People All Pathways is provided through continued partnership with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA). These meetings are facilitated by persons with lived and living experiences with substance use and addiction. The meetings are non-committal, confidential and do not require attendees to abstain from substances if they so choose. They are for persons directly and indirectly affected by substance use and addiction to share their experiences about what has helped them on their journey and to provide a non-judgemental and safe environment for those seeking help to ask questions, free from stigma, alienation or discrimination. All are welcome!
Peer support is a fellow peer offering support in a time of need. Someone who may have a different story to tell, but often experiences the same thoughts and feelings as the individuals they are supporting. Peer facilitators are not experts or counsellors. They are trained to facilitate the meetings in a non-judgemental and safe manner. They are people who understand a lot of what you are feeling because they have personal experiences similar to yours. Individuals who add in self-help/peer support groups as part of their recovery plan have positive outcomes and a deeper sense of community, understanding, and belonging.
Most peer support meetings have moved to online platforms over the last few months, so there are lots of options if you want to try something else that is more specific to your needs. Visit the Office of Student Affairs’ Safer Substance Use webpage to find links to many different virtual peer support groups. CAPSA will also have public All People All Pathways meetings held online. Visit the CAPSA website to stay up to date.
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