H.E.L.P.
Peer Support Groups

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Our informal peer support meetings for Military, First Responders and Corrections are safe, non-judgemental, trauma-talk free and designed to create healing connections between members.

Ottawa south, Ontario Group 

  • Meetings held every other Tuesday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 pm

  • Upcoming meetings in 2021 - October 19; November 2, 16, 30; December 14, 28

  • Maximum of 10 Seats Available

Robin Wright

- Peer Group Facilitator -

Robin is a strong advocate for First Responder mental health, having served her community as a Paramedic for nearly 20 years in both Toronto and Ottawa. After receiving a work-related diagnosis of PTSD, Robin struggled to find peer support locally, which led her to open a support group for front-line professionals in Ottawa in 2017. Robin received her certificate in Peer and Trauma Support Systems (PATSS) through the Mood Disorders Society of Canada in 2018 and has continued to facilitate peer support meetings, breaking down the mental health stigma that many front-line responders face.

 

Through partnership, and with unwavering support from the Heroes Equine Learning Program (H.E.L.P.), Robin co-founded H.E.L.P. Peer Support in Ottawa in 2021. Having experienced the extraordinary connections that peer support can build, Robin strives to share the positive benefits of H.E.L.P. Peer Support with all Military, Corrections and First Responders who are on their journey back to wellness.

Art Daly

- Peer Group Facilitator -

Originally from Prince Edward Island, Art is a 17 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. He began doing Peer Support work with the Department of National Defence (DND) in 2014 and has been actively involved with peer support ever since. After leaving the Canadian Armed Forces, Art trained as a Social Service Worker in frontline social work and then as a Bereavement Educator. In 2021, Art partnered with the Heroes Equine Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) to co-found H.E.L.P. Peer Support in Ottawa. Having started as a peer himself in a peer support program, Art is a firm believer that peer support is an integral piece of the mental health recovery puzzle. 

 

Art is passionate about gardening (he literally won’t stop talking about it), peer support, and his dog, Baby. Also, there is at least a 150% greater chance of Art showing up for any meeting or event if there are going to be lots of snacks.