Peer to peer support

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support initiative is a peer-to-peer support program for Canadians affected by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. The program features a private online chat space where experienced individuals (mentors) who are living with or support dependants with Crohn’s and colitis can provide support to newly diagnosed individuals or caregivers of dependants (mentees) who have these diseases.

Highlights of the Gutsy Peer Support program:
  • The program provides one-on-one advice on how to deal with aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s or colitis - including work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, and travel.
  • Mentors offer emotional support by showing people impacted by Crohn's or colitis that they're not alone.
  • The program does not provide professional counselling, clinical treatment, or medical advice.

How does it work?

Interested individuals should begin by completing a Request a Mentor form. When a suitable mentor is available, Crohn's and Colitis Canada will notify you of a match and will send you a link to your own private chat page, where you can begin communicating with your mentor. All of our Gutsy Peer Support mentors are experienced volunteers who have gone through a rigorous vetting process and specialized training.

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  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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