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What is Gutsy Peer Support?

Gutsy Peer Support is a peer to peer support program for people living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. This program features an confidential on-line portal where experienced individuals who have been living with Crohn’s and colitis (mentors) can share their knowledge with and provide support to newly diagnosed individuals or individuals who are going through a change in their diagnosis or life situation (mentees). 

The key goals of the Gutsy Peer Support program are to provide one-on-one advice on how to deal with psycho-social aspects of everyday living with Crohn’s and colitis (work, school, relationships, stress/anxiety, travel, etc.) and emotional support based on experiential discussions (and will not include therapeutic/ treatment/medical advice).

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone who has personal experience living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

All of our Gutsy Peer Support mentors are pre-screened by our staff and they receive training prior to becoming a mentor. Our mentors are from all over Canada and represent the diversity of disease experience of individuals living with Crohn's or colitis. 

What is a mentee?

A mentee is an individual who has been newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. A mentee could also be an individual who has been living with Crohn's or colitis for a while but who is seeking peer support due to a change in their diagnosis, disease severity or life situation.

How do you match mentors with mentees? Are there any specific topics that Gutsy Peer Support mentors will cover?

We do our best to match mentors with mentees that we feel will be the best possible fit. At the time of recruitment we ask to mentors to identify topics that they would feel most comfortable talking about and we ask mentees to identify the areas in their life that they would most like to receive support for. Some of the topics covered may include:
- Time management
- Stress management
- Workplace or school issues
- Fertility and/or pregnancy issues
- Relationship issues
- Parenting or caregiving issues
- Living with an ostomy
- Travel

What topics cannot be discussed?

Our Gutsy Peer Support mentors are not trained medical experts. They cannot provide advice on medical, therapeutic or surgical treatments.