A Guide to Facilitating Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Groups

A Guide to Facilitating Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Groups

Table of Contents

  • Intentions and Expectations
  • About the Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Project
  • Creating Opportunities to Establish Peer-Facilitated Diabetes and Mental Health Support Groups
  • Principles for Peer-Facilitated Diabetes and Mental Health Support Groups
  • Planning and Facilitating Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Support Groups
    • Core Components
    • Pre-Planning and Session Format
    • Content
    • Resources
    • Format and Schedule
  • For More Information

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Intentions and Expectations

These guidelines are intended for use by mental health peer supporters who:

  • Have successfully completed a recognized course of training in the foundations of peer support in the field of mental health
  • Have successfully completed the Diabetes and Mental Health Peer Supporter Training Module, including the pre-training Self-Guided Review and Knowledge Quiz, two-day training program, and post-training test
  • Have acquired, through training and experience, the knowledge, skills and practice needed to facilitate peer support groups, and
  • Are now, or anticipate being, in a role where they have the opportunity to support peers’ physical and mental health in a group setting.

This resource is also intended to raise awareness among health service providers and planners who are interested in the establishment of diabetes and mental health peer support groups.

This tool can be used most effectively in combination with the expertise and experience of the peer supporter and the organization. Those who will be delivering peer support know the people they work with and are thus in the best position to develop their groups.

Facilitating peer support groups requires time and resources. If an organization is considering providing a diabetes and mental health peer support group, we would like to emphasize the need to allocate dedicated resources to this process and to acknowledge the hard work that goes into providing these group services. Peer supporters also require self-care when facilitating these groups. It is therefore important for organizations to provide ongoing, timely and appropriate support to them throughout the process.