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It takes many voices to have a conversation on mental health

And what a conversation we had in Halifax last April! Over 400 conference delegates joined us from all points across Canada and beyond. For three days they had the opportunity to take their pick of over 30 breakout sessions and to be inspired by our 5 keynote speakers. The response to our post-conference survey was overwhelmingly positive with over 80% of our speakers rated as very good to excellent with an even higher rating for the keynotes. We have been inundated with feedback about the conference and are excited to share this with you. We thank you for your support and encouragement. We look forward to meeting you again. See you in 2016!


Sun Life is extremely proud to have sponsored this first national conference on peer support in Canada. Peer support can be critical to the recovery of those experiencing mental illness, and recovery is the end goal for all of us involved in the mental health area. The conference brought the best thinking on mental health issues together to have a rich and real conversation about mental health. Thank you!
Marie-Hélène Pelletier, MBA, PhD, RPsych
Marie-Hélène Pelletier, MBA, PhD, RPsych
Director | Workplace Mental Health, Sun Life Financial

I attended the inaugural NCPS conference because I wanted to be a part of a growing movement to incorporate and formalize peer support into mental health recovery. I have always known of the tremendous benefits peer support has in de-stigmatizing mental illness, and promoting the uptake of professional mental health services, but I joined the conference to help establish peer support as a PRIMARY treatment effect in the recovery process. Governmental leaders have taken notice and peer support is here to stay.

I attended 2014’s Peer Conference in solidarity and support for our rev up recovery rally! Mental health issues are part of me, my life, interest and sights, and all were satisfied, there and then. Gathering together, acknowledging each other, focusing energy, and shedding light on mental health matters, was welcoming and comforting. More so, sharing the way we cope, recover, and live life fully in spite of all challenges involved, encouraged hope and empowerment. I took away a sense of pride, respect, unity, and optimism, regarding the whole peer movement, turning words into action, fired by commitment for the greater good. This peer conference celebrated and confirmed everything I believe and hold dear, when it comes to healing and improving ourselves and our mental health system.
Gregory Brumwell
Gregory Brumwell
Peer Supporter | Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

I attended the national conference because I knew we were making history by such an inaugural event. It was a fantastic experience and the spirit of the conference was most contagious! Along with me was my staff at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. Because I strongly believe in peer support as part of the recovery process, I wanted my staff to be exposed to the wonderful speakers and workshops. We were not disappointed! I learned from this experience that peer support is alive and well in Canada. I was amazed at the variety and spectrum of people attending the conference. Some people have been doing peer support a long time, even though peer support is just becoming recognized by the mental health system as playing a valuable role. At the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society we value the role peers play in helping people to live beyond the limitations of mental illness and to experience social inclusion and reintegration into society. I do not think that we can move towards a transformed recovery-oriented mental health system without peer support workers!