Peer Educator as Role Models 

​Volunteering and being accepted into the Peer Educator program has to be one of the best things that has happened to me at school because it’s motivating me to want to get better in my mental health. 

One of the expectations that the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion (HWP) have is that all Peer Educators should be role models for other students. So, with that in mind, it’s encouraging me to want to practice self care and to maintain my health and wellness! 

I’ve not been wanting to get better for the longest time. A part of me still really doesn’t and is still resistant. But… After an entire afternoon and evening of talks, planning, and team building exercises, I’m becoming more open to the idea of being okay with getting better. 

I think I’m becoming less afraid of the idea of being better. I’m becoming more confident that I’ll be okay being a strong, independent, well trained, and intelligent woman. That I don’t need to have a partner in life to inform me of what I need to do or how I should think and live. That I’ll be fine by myself. 

I’ll post more once I’m back home in civilization where the Internet is not the speed of a dial up connection and where there is phone reception but I couldn’t sleep until I post this short reflection. 

I saw a shooting star tonight and the night sky looks beautiful with all the stars that I can’t normally see because of all the light pollution. So, right now, my anxiety is not as strong and I’m feel much calmer. It’s really nice for the Office of HWP had decided for our retreat to be out here in a recreation camp site! It’s good for me to get away from the city from time to time. 

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5 thoughts on “Peer Educator as Role Models 

  1. This sounds so lovely. I think I’m mostly scared of getting better because the idea of what I would do with “normal” feels so foreign to me.

    It’s okay to be weirded out by the unknown.

    I’m glad you feel calmer!

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    1. YES!! I’m so excited about this too. When I first applied for the position in late 2015, I didn’t think that it would be THIS impactful! I mean, sure, I wanted to be a part of it because I wanted to further my mental health advocacy but it’s made me more passionate about wellness as a whole rather than just mental health. I also find it unbelievable that I am able to use this opportunity to push myself to get better, to fight against my instinct to self-harm and to focus on the positive things I could do.

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