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CMHA seeks peer advocates

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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is looking for some helpful volunteers.

The organization has a posting for peer advocate volunteers to help people working with mental health issues understand their rights.

CMHA volunteer co-ordinator Tammy Anders explained in an email what kind of work a volunteer in the position would do.

"(A typical day would include) speaking by phone or in person with people who are currently in-patients in psychiatric facilities who are interested in learning more about their rights, about options for exercising those rights, and to facilitate their understanding of the Mental Health Act in Manitoba," Anders explained. "The information provided by the peer advocate will facilitate a patient’s understanding of how the act may pertain to their individual circumstances.

"The work would be done with a supportive consultation which can include informing people about their rights, about the role of the Mental Health Review Board and how they can make an application to, prepare and present to this board if it applies to them."

Shifts are available from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Applications are available by visiting www.cmhawpg.mb.ca or by contacting Anders at VMS@cmhawpg.mb.ca or 204-982-6125. Applications will be accepted until Sept. 16.

Required training for the position begins Sept. 18 and 19 from 9 to 4 p.m.

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