Anticipated Results

The short-term goals of the two-year Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support project were to develop a diabetes competency training module for mental health peer support workers, and to increase awareness in the diabetes community of the role mental health peer support workers can play in prevention and self-management support.

Following are the anticipated medium- and long-term outcomes:

People with serious mental illness will have access to informed, educated peer support workers who will support them around prevention, early identification and self-management strategies.

Diabetes policy and health care delivery system across Ontario will have more awareness of the value and role of mental health peer supporters and of Consumer/Survivor Initiatives (CSIs) across Ontario and their potential to contribute to the reduction of the impact of diabetes on high-risk populations.

A change in attitude towards, and understanding of, people with lived experience of mental illness in those in the diabetes policy and practice sector.

Local diabetes prevention and management resources in communities with CSIs that have trained diabetes/mental health peer support workers will have the opportunity to increase their capacity to serve people with mental illnesses through developing partnerships with the CSI.

A diabetes training manual will be available for members of both the diabetes and mental health care delivery systems to train mental health peer support workers to support self-management and prevention of diabetes with people living with mental illnesses.

The project will strengthen participating Consumer/Survivor Initiatives, giving them more to offer their communities, their participants and their partners.