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The Power of Peer Support

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St. John's in the City

170 Willis Street

Te Aro, Wellington 6011

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A kōrero about the power of peer support and how to engage in safe and mana-enhancing peer support practices with young people.

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Peer support can be a powerful tool especially in youth development spaces and places. Youthline Wellington is pleased to welcome The Peer Tree to share information about the effectiveness of peer support and how to create and uphold a safe, mana-enhancing peer support environment.

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Cat Web (She/Her)

Cat is the General Manager of a community-based mental health initiative called The Peer Tree, a service that seeks to provide peer support to young adults with lived experience of mental distress. She has a background in youth work/youth development, and is currently studying level three and four te reo Māori at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Cat has lived experience of mental distress, and has been on a journey of healing and recovery for the last four years. She is particularly fired up about mental healthcare, developing and empowering young leaders, supporting Aotearoa’s rainbow community, and learning how to live as tangata Tiriti.

Cad Kenny (They/Them/Ia)

"Kia ora and shalom, my name is Cad, I use he/they/ia pronouns. I whakapapa to Kai Tahu and Te Atiawa. I have been attending Peer Tree groups for over 3 years. I am now a leader for 3 of those groups a week, and can also be found volunteering for InsideOUT, giving workshops for them on rainbow competency as well as general volunteer work. I am also converting to Judaism at Temple Sinai. I am passionate about supporting folks with mental distress due to my own lived experience with depression and schizophrenia. Working with the Peer Tree helps me support and guide others in their journeys in the same way that I was helped through this wonderful organisation."

Meghan Hall (She/Her)

"Hey! My name is Meghan and I use the pronouns she/her. I have been a part of The Peer Tree community for around three years and am now a facilitator for two of the groups that we run, which I am absolutely loving. I am also a huge lover of writing and use my writing to express my own personal experiences of mental distress in both a personal context and to also share with others as a way to share my story and to spread awareness about the experiences I have. I am extremely passionate about helping others with their own experiences of mental distress, and helping people feel a sense of hope and light in amongst the darkness. My personal lived experience of mental distress includes a dissociative disorder, complex PTSD, and depression. I am always excited to be able to use my experiences to journey along others and help in any way I can and doing peer support with The Peer Tree is helping me do that, and I am so grateful and so excited about being a part of this community and cannot wait to see where it can take me."

We are thrilled to have Cat, Cad and Meghan from The Peer Tree speaking at this event and we look forward to seeing you there!

Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell in order to ensure the safety of others. If you can no longer attend this event after registering, please contact Abbey at education.wgtn@youthline.co.nz

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