Peer Support and Short-Term Counselling

Get the help you need from someone who truly understands.

A pancreatic cancer diagnosis can bring a lot of overwhelming emotions and stress, often leading to feelings of isolation and uncertainty. We understand the importance of having someone to talk to about what you’re feeling – someone who has personally experienced what you’re going through – whether you’re a patient, caregiver or loved one of someone with this disease.  

Pancreatic Cancer Canada has partnered with the cancer support experts at Wellspring to create a specialized program for our community that offers Peer Support, Monthly Support Groups and Short-Term Counselling specifically geared towards those experiencing the unique impact of pancreatic cancer.

Peer Support and Monthly Support Group  

Our peer support volunteers offer a caring, comforting, non-judgemental ear to support you and your loved ones through this challenging time, all free of charge.  

Peer Support Volunteers are specially trained and available to connect with you from the comfort and privacy of your home, either over the phone or via videoconference. Peer Support Volunteers can also offer additional resources, arrange for access to a counsellor, or other supportive care programs that may be beneficial to you based on your needs, interests, and location.

Examples of what our Peer Support Volunteers can help you with:   

  • Emotional needs 
  • Information on nutritional needs 
  • Concerns around pain or symptom management 
  • End-of-life issues or care information 
  • Support or communication with children 
  • Bereavement support 
  • Other issues or stresses you are experiencing 

In addition to one-on-one peer support, we also offer a monthly support group providing patients an opportunity to meet with each other to form a community based on their shared experiences and unique challenges.

Short-Term Counselling 

This program connects patients and family members experiencing pancreatic cancer with a trained counsellor to help navigate the emotional and psychological toll of this cancer. Demand for short-term professional counselling has grown exponentially since the pandemic. Through our partnership, Wellspring maintains professional counsellors who offer counselling for individuals across Canada via telephone, video conferencing or in person (where available and desired).

How to access support  

If you feel this type of support would be helpful to you, please click the link below to submit a request or by calling 1-877-499-9904, to quickly and efficiently schedule your appointment. 

You need help with everything. Every minute of every day, you’re thinking ‘how am I going to get through this?’ But you do. Somehow you do. And the only people who really understand are the people who have been through it already.

Pancreatic Cancer Patient

Peer Support Participant

Become a Volunteer – your experience can help others 

If you’ve been a pancreatic cancer patient, caregiver or loved one of someone with this disease, you have a very specific experience that could help others impacted by pancreatic cancer for the first time. You know the stress and anxiety that comes with this diagnosis, and what a benefit it is, or would have been, to have someone to talk to who understands. You could be that person for someone else.  

Becoming a Peer Support Volunteer is a meaningful way to help others through a challenging time and positively affect your own life. The program is flexible for volunteers, easily adapting to your schedule and how active you want to be.  

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