The Peer-2-Peer project aims to identify, implement, and evaluate peer-led support interventions for peers/ experiential workers in overdose response settings. See below for project background, the ROSE model and best practice manual, COVID-19 support tools and the compassionate action campaign series.
About the Peer to Peer (P2P) Project
Experiential workers, or peer workers with lived/living experience, are important service providers that play a crucial role in supporting individuals who use substances in overdose response settings.
These situations are stressful and can have lasting social, mental and emotional impacts for experiential workers. Unlike other healthcare providers and first responders, experiential workers often lack access to institutional or occupational mental health support.
The ROSE Initiative & Manual
The ROSE Initiative
Eight peer-led focus groups (needs assessments) were conducted between November 2018 and March 2019 across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Three major themes were identified from the needs assessment and formed the basis of the intervention model, “ROSE”; R-Recognition, O-Organizational Support, S-Skill Development, and E-for Everyone. Implementation of this intervention is currently being piloted at two organizations: RainCity Housing in Vancouver and Fraser regions, and Solid Outreach in Victoria.
Best Practice Manual
The ROSE model can be implemented by organizations across Canada to better support experiential workers in their roles. The Best Practice Manual for Supporting Peers/ Experiential Workers in Overdose Response Settings consists of documents and resources created by experiential workers that can be tailored and implemented at different organizations:
The ROSE Initiative is an intervention designed to support peers/experiential workers in the delivery of overdose responses, i.e. to work optimally, with reduced emotional, mental and social stress.
- More Videos
To increase recognition for the crucial work done by experiential workers in overdose response settings, a video featuring ‘a day in the life of a peer’ has been developed. This video highlights stories of experiential workers’ lived experience within communities that use substances.
Dual Public Health Emergencies in BC
- OD Response Guidelines in Light of COVID-19 Finalized June 2nd, 2020
- Harm Reduction and Overdose Response During COVID-19 (Combined Video)
- How to Respond to an Overdose During COVID-19(Video)
- How to Place Someone in Recovery Position(Video)
- How to Use and Dispose of PPE During COVID-19(Video)
- Using an Oximeter During an Overdose Last Updated: Jan, 2021
- How to Use a Pulse Oximeter (Video)
- Evaluation of the Use of Pulse Oximeters to Supplement Overdose Response in BC (Nov 2020)
- COVID-19 Support Guide for Marginalized Individuals in BC Last Update: March 11th, 2021
We are in the midst of a dual public health emergency in BC. Peers/experiential workers have been at the forefront of the opioid crisis since the public health emergency was declared in response to a rise in illicit drug overdose deaths. Below are resources for experiential workers:
Compassionate Action: An Anti-Stigma Campaign
How Does the Campaign Work?
The Compassionate Action campaign consists of five modules, each highlighting a different context where PWUD often experience stigma. The guide for the Compassionate Action modules provides suggestions on what to consider while watching the video, a brief video clip, followed by prompts for a discussion between PWUD and service providers, ideally led by a facilitator in a physical or virtual classroom setting.
Questions for individual reflection are also provided in case some people review the videos independently. It is not necessary for individuals/ groups to complete all the modules; one may select the modules relevant to them.
Compassionate Action Series Modules
The content for these videos was developed collaboratively by the Peer-2-Peer team, Cultural Safety team, and PEEP.
The modules in the Compassionate Action series include:
Don’t judge those who use substances. Acknowledge your privilege. Be compassionate.
You don't always know the whole story. Be compassionate.
Experiential workers are the best people to connect with their community. Be compassionate
The only shameful thing about substance use is the stigma attached to it. Be compassionate.
People who use substances are the experts in responding to overdoses. Be compassionate.
The Compassionate Action modules are a series of interactive case study videos about stigma and discrimination experienced by People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) and an accompanying reflection/discussion guide.
The videos are based on real life experiences of PWUD, and build up on the Compassionate Engagement modules. The modules are designed to engage PWUD and the people who provide services to them, such as health care and frontline service providers, first responders, and organizational managers. Recognizing that many service providers have lived or living experience of substance use, the modules can be adapted to meet local needs and situations. Thus, the modules are intended to bring PWUD and other providers together to encourage collaboration and mutual respect.