A Wellness Education & Peer Support Program for Diabetes, Physical & Mental Health Recovery



Community Resource Connections of Toronto (CRCT) in partnership with DECNET (Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto at South Riverdale Community Health Centre), North York General Participant Council and an independent Recovery Educator developed a recovery-based peer support program for consumer-survivors with diabetes. This program incorporated 4 components: Diabetes education and nutrition, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), walking, and peer support. Each component will be described in more detail below.

  1. Diabetes Education and Support:  Diabetes education was provided by DEC NET. This program included:
    1. Diabetes education overview course: 4 sessions of 2 hours each co-facilitated by a diabetes nurse educator and a dietitian
    2. Diabetes check-in and  on-going monitoring conducted by a diabetes nurse educator once a month
    3. Nutrition education by DEC NET Dietitian (once a month for 2 hours each)
  2. Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) group: WRAP is a peer-delivered tool designed to help people identify self-care strategies and to develop an action plan for physical and mental health issues.  The WRAP group met for 2 hours every other week for 8 weeks.
  3. Peer Support and Leadership Development: An 8 week peer facilitated discussion group took place after the WRAP and Diabetes programs ended. This group provided an opportunity for discussion on topics identified by participants as important to their successful participation.  Topics included benefits of exercise, laughter, recipes, recovery video, sleep, self-esteem, photo-voice project and Nintendo program addressing wellness and exercise. Offering the peer group at the end of the program created additional opportunities for participants to support and motivate one another and chart a course to improved mental and physical well being.
  4. Walking With A Peer Coach: Weekly walking took place with participants and a peer walking coach. Several routes were developed and participants increased their walking throughout the program. 

For more information, contact:

Leslie Morris, Health Promoter
Community Resource Connections of Toronto
366 Adelaide Street East, Suite 230
416-482-4103, ext. 227
www.crct.org

Stephanie MacLaren
DEC NET Coordinator
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
416-461-9043, ext.342

Location

South Riverdale Community Health Centre
955 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON M4M 3P3
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