Gutsy Peer Support

March 30th Update:

Due to COVID-19, we have received a high volume of support and information inquiries from our community in the past few weeks. As a result, there has been a delay in processing new Gutsy Peer Support mentor applications.

Your request is very important to us and you will receive a response within 7 business days. Thank you for your interest in this program.

In the meantime, we encourage you to contact your local Crohn's and Colitis Canada Chapter to connect with people in your community. Click here to find a chapter near you. 

If you are looking for general support, health services, or information about living with Crohn's or colitis, please contact learn@crohnsandcolitis.ca .

If you are experiencing distress or require medical advise, please contact your primary health care provider or IBD specialist.
 

What is Gutsy Peer Support?

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada's Gutsy Peer Support initiative is an email based mentoring and support program for Canadians affected by Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. This program matches experienced individuals (mentors) who have been living with Crohn’s or colitis, or their caregivers, with individuals who are newly diagnosed, facing a change in their diagnosis or life situation, or are caring for someone diagnosed with Crohn’s or colitis (mentees). 
 
Our trained volunteers can provide long term support or can be available to answer a few questions. Typically matches can be made within 2-3 business days and all communication takes place via email.

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 or medical advice.

How does the program work?

Interested individuals should complete the application form below. Our staff will review your request and will match you with an appropriate individual within a few days, should you qualify for our program. You can communicate with your mentor as much or as little as you need, but please keep in mind our mentors are volunteers.

Please note, 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.

Click here to complete an application for support.

Due to COVID-19, we have received a high volume of support and information inquiries from our community in the past few weeks. As a result, there has been a delay in processing new Gutsy Peer Support mentor applications.Your request is very important to us and you will receive a response within 7 buisness days. Thank you for your interest in this program.

In the meantime, we encourage you to contact your local Crohn's and Colitis Canada Chapter to connect with people in your community. Click here to find a chapter near you. 

If you are looking for general support, health services, or information about living with Crohn's or colitis, please contact learn@crohnsandcolitis.ca .

  • 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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