BECOME A PEER SUPPORT VOLUNTEER
Use your own lived experience to empower others facing mental health challenges
Volunteering with Life Long Mentors is both a rewarding and challenging experience. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Through precise selection, comprehensive training, and hands-on experience, volunteers play a pivotal role in our peer support centered approach.
As a peer support volunteer, you will be matched with adolescents in the midst of mental health challenges, and your goal is to provide life-lasting support through the lens of peer listening, education, and mentorship.
What does it take to be a Life Long Mentor? Empathy, compassion, professionalism, active listening, and personableness are not all but a few of the most important skills a life long mentor can possess.
To become a peer supporter with Life Long mentors, complete the volunteer application form below.
Application Process in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer
Successful completion of the volunteer application form, which includes the completion of 3 successful reference checks.
Required qualifications/skills/experiences: Completion of grade 12 or equivalent, Lived experience and/or recovery from a mental health illness, successful Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification, a record free Police Information check with vulnerable sector check (can be completed if selected for volunteer training), a non-judgemental attitude, heightened level of maturity and professionalism, a willingness to learn, excellent communication and listening skills, must be willing to share personal experience, knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, stigma, and isolation.
Additional preferred qualifications: Formal education (completion of degree, certificate, diploma) in a psychology-related field, social work, or mental health related discipline. Previous work or volunteer experience in mental health, crisis intervention, trauma-informed practice, harm reduction, or addictions. Class 5 Driver's license. Mental health advocacy work, volunteer, or engagement. Previous work or volunteer experience in peer support is an asset. Completion of formal suicide prevention and intervention training is an asset (ASIST, QPR, etc).