Peer Mentor Training Program

Diabetes Hope Foundation is excited to announce the launch of a new peer mental health mentor training program for young adults with diabetes.

Why be a mentor?
Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational levels, and cultures. 1 in 3 young adults with diabetes in Ontario will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. Young people in Ontario are waiting up to a year to access mental health services, and there are currently 12,000 kids waiting for services in the province.

Be a mentor for youth who need help today! Diabetes Hope Foundation's new Peer Mental Health Program will match at-risk youth with type 1 Peer Mental Health Mentors to provide peer social support for youth living with diabetes and mental health disorders.

Who can be a mentor?
Young adults with type1 diabetes between the ages of 21 to 35 with backgrounds in education, social work, nursing and child and youth studies.

How to become a mentor?
Diabetes Hope Foundation will arrange for all mentors to become certified through Mental Health First Aid, and provide two days of intensive mental health training (including EQ Training, Compassionate Fatigue Training and Leadership Development Training) to provide young adults with the resources and skills they need to support youth in crisis. Our first training cycle will begin in May 2017.

Who Will I be Matched With?
Trained Mental Health Mentors will be matched virtually for 12-months with youth living with diabetes from across Southern Ontario. All program participants will be referred through Diabetes Hope Foundation's pediatric diabetes healthcare partners. Professional support and resources will be made available to mentors throughout the 12-month mentorship period.

If you would like to sign up to be a mentor today, email rovina@diabeteshopefoundation.com.