Primary Outcome Measures:
- ability to provide informational, appraisal and emotional support [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 6 months ]
Secondary Outcome Measures:
- confidence to provide informational, appraisal and emotional support [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 6 months ]
Behavioral: peer mentor training
A quasi-experimental, before and after study design is proposed to obtain data for planning and implementing a larger-scale study. A training workshop for individuals with IA to become peer mentors will increase peer mentors' confidence and skills to provide one-on-one support to individuals with EIA. Using a combination of lectures, experiential learning and question/answer sessions, peer mentors will learn and practice informational, emotional, appraisal support techniques and skills (communication skills, problem-solving strategies, use of decision tools). Training will be conducted face-to-face, in small-group format by research team and others (2 sessions approx. 5 hours each), in a private meeting room at SHSC. Peer mentors will then provide support to individuals newly diagnosed with IA for 12 weeks (once per week) by telephone and /or face-to-face. Peer mentors will receive ongoing support from the research team (telephone, meetings).