As a family sensitive peer support mental health organization, we are dedicated to the improvement of quality of life for those living with mental health challenges through education, peer support and advocacy. MSS offers a number of services in Winnipeg and around the province. Many of our programs are run by people with lived experience or family members who can relate on a personal level to the experiences.
Mental Wellness for All
To provide quality mental health education and value-based peer support for Manitobans and their families dealing with mental health challenges.
Authenticity | Integrity | Respect | Support | Holistic
Peer support may be defined as the help and support that people with lived experience of mental illness/problems and recovery are able to give to one another. It may be social, emotional or practical support but it is important that this support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing peers to benefit from the support whether they are giving or receiving it.
Key elements of peer support in mental health include the building on shared personal experience and empathy. It focuses on an individual’s strengths, not weaknesses, and works towards the individual’s wellbeing and recovery in living beyond the limitations of having a mental health diagnosis.
MSS offers peer support for both families and people with a mental illness/problem.
Peer Support Workers in each region are knowledgeable in mental health community resources, peer support, family support, crisis intervention and navigating the mental health system.
Contact the MSS Peer Support Worker in your region of Manitoba for information regarding specific programs, services and events.
At MSS we believe recovery from the label of mental illness is most effective when a holistic approach is considered; this includes addressing psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical and social needs.
Julia Hoeppner, Interim Executive Director
Adam Milne, Peer 2 Peer Connections Manager
Adriana Rajcher, Administrative Assistant
Donna Hornick, Public Education Coordinator
Katrina Tinman, Events Administrator/Peer Support Worker
Tracy Fehr, Mental Health Education Resource Coordinator
Tracy Kosowan, Peer Support Worker
Karen Kaplan, Peer Support Worker
Matt McRae, Peer Support Worker
Eric Fraser, Peer Support Worker (Health Science Centre/Selkirk Mental Health Centre)
Alex Sawatsky – President
Gillian Nattress – Vice President
Neil Koop – Treasurer
Stephanie Loewen – Secretary