Debunking Myths About Peer Support


When it comes to navigating mental health challenges, seeking support is essential. However, there are common Peer Support myths that may deter individuals from exploring this valuable resource.

At CMHA Calgary, we aim to debunk these myths and shed light on the transformative power of Peer Support. In this blog, we will explore the truth behind three prevalent myths, highlighting the unique benefits of connecting with our experienced Peer Support Workers on your mental health or substance use recovery journey.

Myth 1: Peer Support is only for people with mental health concerns.

Peer Support extends beyond mental health concerns alone. While it is undoubtedly a valuable resource for individuals facing mental health challenges, it also offers significant benefits for those dealing with chronic illness, addiction recovery, life transitions, and other difficult situations.

Our experienced Peer Support Workers share their lived experiences, fostering a non-judgmental environment where individuals can openly share their struggles, find understanding, and receive support. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, addiction, grief, or any other life challenge, connecting with someone who has been through similar experiences can provide a sense of belonging and hope.

Myth 2: Peer Support is the same as therapy or counselling.

While therapy and counselling are crucial components of mental health care, Peer Support offers a distinct approach to healing. Our Peer Support Workers focus on lived experiences and mutual learning to provide empathy, encouragement, and practical advice. Unlike therapy or counselling, which are typically provided by licensed professionals, Peer Support offers a unique opportunity to connect with individuals who have walked a similar path. Through shared experiences, you can gain valuable insights and coping strategies that resonate on a personal level.

Moreover, Peer Support complements traditional counselling by providing a perspective that participants genuinely resonate with. Our Peer Support Workers offer a human touch that complements psychoeducation and helps participants feel comfortable sharing their stories. Peer Support serves as a valuable addition to professional help, creating a holistic support system for those on their journey to recovery.

Myth 3: Peer Support is ineffective compared to professional help.

Contrary to this myth, Peer Support offers unique benefits that can significantly enhance one’s mental health journey. By connecting with individuals who have faced similar challenges, participants experience a profound sense of belonging and shared understanding. Through empathy, Peer Support can boost resilience, self-esteem, and self-advocacy, all of which are integral to fostering lasting growth.

Peer Support offers a safe space for emotional support and offers practical guidance to supplement the clinical intervention. By combining the professional expertise of clinicians with the compassionate understanding of Peer Support Workers, individuals can embark on a comprehensive healing journey.

At CMHA Calgary, we are committed to breaking the barriers surrounding mental health support. Our Peer Support Service connects you with individuals who understand your struggles and are ready to offer their support. Whether you are facing mental health concerns, addiction recovery, or life transitions, our trained Peer Support Workers are here to listen, empathize, and guide you.

Don’t let myths deter you from experiencing the transformative power of Peer Support. Book a FREE session with a Peer Support Worker today and take the first step towards healing, growth, and resilience.


You are not alone. There is help.

If you cannot find someone you trust who is willing to support you, dial a crisis line right away at 403-266-HELP (4357) All crisis lines are confidential.

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