Peer Support Services

Our Peer Support service provides the opportunity for anyone – individual, family member, or professional – to speak with someone with lived experiences of mental health or substance use concerns. By engaging with our Peer Supporters, you can make a connection with someone with lived experience, increase your sense of engagement and belonging, and move through your recovery journey to develop skills and build resiliency.

Trans Peer Support

Trans Peer Support is a peer led community based social support service run by peers with lived experience. We offer a safe space that provides an opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange, resource sharing, social connection, mentorship and personal growth.

Our volunteers and those we support represent trans, gender diverse, Two-Spirit adults as well as families from the trans community.

Meet on a 1:1 basis by phone or virtually with a trained volunteer.

Benefits of the Trans Peer Support Program

  • Validates experiences
  • Reduces isolation
  • Provides opportunities to give and receive support
  • Fosters connections and a social support network
  • Confidential support

How to Access Trans Peer Support

If you are interested in the Trans Peer Support Program, please fill out the information below and someone will be in contact with you shortly.

For further information or questions please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: Heather Kwantes at 250-542-3114 ext 228

Trans Peer Support Application Form

Peer Support Services

The Peer Support Program is a peer led community based social support service.  Trained volunteers offer emotional and practical support and connection between people who share common experiences.  Peer support provides a variety of free and confidential services, including support and education, one-on-one social activity, hospital visitation, advocacy, and leadership training.

Our volunteers have the unique understanding of lived experience with a mental health diagnosis or concern and are trained to offer support, friendship, hope and understanding to their peers in the mental health community.  Through interaction with their peers, they seek to foster:

  • empowerment through meaningful volunteer opportunities
  • awareness of resources in the community
  • independence by emphasizing recovery and by being positive role models
  • social connections to others and the community

Peer Volunteers with the Hospital Program visit the VJH Mental Health Ward to provide hope, encouragement and information about the services provided by the Peer Support Program.  Volunteers can help to address concerns people with a mental illness might have through their knowledge of the rights of people who are hospitalized, the Mental Health Act, and issues affecting day-to-day living of people coping with a mental illness.

Contact Peer Support Program

Phone: (250) 542-6155
E-mail:  [email protected]

Care to Speak

Care to Speak for health care workers is available through online chat and telephone hotline to help you through any tough times you might be experiencing. You will be reaching out to volunteers with healthcare experience and trained to provide virtual support and refer you to additional resources if you need them.

As healthcare workers, you likely have been significantly impacted by feelings of stress and anxiety surrounding COVID-19; you worry about the health and safety of those in your care, your family, and yourself.

We are not designed to be in stress mode all the time. When our stress-response system gets overworked, we are at increased risk of experiencing physical and mental health problems. These are unprecedented times. Know that you are not alone and that help is available. All of our support is confidential and delivered without judgment.

Care to Speak provides those working in healthcare with free and confidential mental health support. Our volunteers are peers who also work in healthcare, so they understand what it is like. Call or chat online to get the support you deserve.

Healthcare workers, your mental health is a PRIORITY!

Call: 1-866-802-7337 (PEER)
Chat online at
Available Monday-Wednesday 10am – 2pm and Monday-Friday 5pm-9pm

For more information or to connect with a peer supporter, click here

Good Morning Program

“Offering people a safer independence”

The Good Morning Program (GMP) is a free telephone service for seniors or people with high health risks, who live alone or feel isolated in the community. The program enables these individuals to remain living independently longer by providing a daily phone call to ensure participants are safe. Phone calls are made seven days a week 365 days a year by trained volunteers. Participants can be referred by care providers, family, friends or self-referrals can be made.  

Each call is a non-intrusive, non-judgmental safety check that provides some social interaction. We listen, provide support and offer referrals when needed.

Calls are made by trained volunteers 365 days a year at no cost.

If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please call our program office at 250.542.3114 for more information.  To get started, please complete our program referral form.

Volunteer for the Good Morning Program – Interested in becoming a volunteer with the Good Morning Program? Fill out our volunteer application.

Program Staff

Alyssa Christmas – [email protected]

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of United Way Southern Interior BC

Good Morning Program Application

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  • Please answer the following questions as fully as possible.
  • Emergency Contact

  • References

  • Please list two non-family references:

Good Morning Program Referral Form

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Do you need to chat?Our Crisis Chat service is available now

Picking up the phone can be challenging and uncomfortable and we get that. We encourage you to use our online Crisis Chat. Crisis Chat is available from 5pm – 9pm Thursday through Sunday. You can access Crisis Chat here.

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