Family Peer Support in the ER is a program offered by AMI-Quebec in partnership with the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’ile-de-Montreal. The objective of the program is to provide support to families accompanying a loved one in crisis to the ER and other wards at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.
The Family Peer Support Worker (FPSW) is an individual who has experience caring for a loved one with mental illness. To be able to fulfill his/her responsibilities effectively, it is important that the FPSW is sufficiently comfortable with his/her own personal situation. The FPSW is an employee of AMI-Quebec but works out of the Douglas as a member of the hospital’s ER team.
Families arriving at the ER with a relative in crisis are often overwhelmed and in distress. The FPSW offers support, information and resources to help alleviate the stress associated with a crisis. Support offered by someone who has experience as a family caregiver and ‘walked in their shoes’ usually resonates well with families.
The successful candidate:
* Has experience as a caregiver to a loved one with mental illness
* Has good knowledge of the mental health care system in Montreal