One-on-One Peer Support

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support initiative is an online mentoring and support program for people affected by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This program is open to people 18 years of age and older. 

Individuals affected by Crohn's or colitis are connected with experienced individuals (mentors) who are living with Crohn's or colitis, or are caring for someone with Crohn’s or colitis. 

​This program does not replace professional counselling or advice from your medical specialists. If you are in crisis or require more immediate assistance, please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department.

How does the program work?

Our trained volunteer mentors can provide long term support or can be available to answer a few questions, including advice on how to deal with aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s or colitis - including work, school, relationships, stress or anxiety, travel, and managing symptoms.

Conversations can take place over email, online chat, video and/or audio calls using our Google Suite secure platform. The mentor will discuss these options in more detail with their mentees. 

How can I take part?

Interested individuals should review the program waiver and complete the application form. You must be 18 or over to participate in this program.

Our staff will review your request and preferences to match you with an appropriate individual. Typically, matches with mentors are be made within 2 to 3 business days.

Application Form

Please complete the application form below and review the program waiver. Note that the email address that you provide will be shared with one of our volunteer mentors. You must be 18 or over to participate in this program.

Once you have completed this form, please click submit. All required fields will be marked with an asterisk (*). You cannot submit your application without completing these required fields.

If you have questions, please contact us at

(if you do not feel comfortable providing your first name, please provide a name that you’d prefer for us to share with your mentor)
(please note, this email address will be shared with one of our volunteer mentors)
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What is your gender:

Would you prefer to be connected with a mentor of the same gender as you?:

What language(s) do you feel comfortable communicating in (select all that apply):

please provide specific information if you selected "Other" from the dropdown above
Can we share your above diagnosis information with your mentor?:

(please indicate calendar year)
Are there any specific topics that you would be most interested in speaking with a mentor about, based on your current needs (select the three most important)? :

Please specify which types of surgery
For example, what do you hope to get out of participating in this program?


Please click here to review the program waiver.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 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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