March 19, 2019
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
CMHA Brant Haldimand Norfolk
44 King Street, Suite 205
What is Wings of Change – Peer Support
During these meetings, we participate in anonymous, solution-based discussion and education regarding any work-related trauma and mental health. We always refrain from “trauma-talk” (i.e. calls, clients, patient details of any kind) as this may be a trigger to participants and is best discussed with healthcare professionals. If this occurs, the group facilitator will politely remind the group that Wings of Change is “trauma-talk” free. All first responders, law-enforcement personnel, communications officers, military, healthcare providers, child protection, animal, funeral, correctional and judicial service workers and all others working in high-stress professions who may be impacted by what they may be exposed to within their delivery of service.
This informal meeting is facilitated by peers experiencing similar concerns with traumatic calls/events and who are interested in sharing suggestions on how to maintain or improve mental health. The diagnosis of mental illness such as post traumatic stress disorder is not required in order to attend this meeting. However, we advise that all members seek professional medical help, and do not rely on these meetings as their sole means of support. Individuals are welcome to attend as often as they like and to participate in the discussion, or simply sit back and listen to what is shared.
For the comfort of all participants, what we hear he, what we say here, or what we see here, stays here. Anonymity is a fundamental component to Wings of Change’s attraction, however we encourage individual discussion and sharing outside of this meeting on personal terms to combat mental health stigma. We offer a safe and caring place for our dedicated community workers to heal through talk, fellowship and education. If after the meeting you feel you require further immediate support, we encourage you to talk to the facilitator or other participants.
Stefanie Miller at brantfordWOC@yahoo.com