Companionship Conversationalist

Aug 23, 2022 | Off-Campus, Volunteer

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) today extends an invitation to Canadian Colleges and Universities to post the Companionship Caller Volunteer Job Posting to their practicum / placement boards for student awareness.

MDSC is looking for a minimum of a one-year commitment from students to participate as Companionship Callers as part of the Improving Veterans Wellness program in support of Veterans and / or their Family Members. Companionship calls are intended to combat and prevent isolation and loneliness. Having someone to regularly speak to and connect with socially, improves our sense of overall well-being.

If you are a student, who is able to speak with ease, who is compassionate, empathetic, and wishes to support the Veteran and Veteran Family Member population with a social telephone call this volunteer position may be for you.

Companionship calls are One-on-One phone calls, they are confidential and as this is a national program, could be anywhere in Canada. They are available in English and in French and the calls focus on the Veteran or Family Members (memories, interests or stories). The calls could be one time or may be recurring with the same individual.

We are looking for students who can commit to a minimum of one year as a Companionship Caller volunteer. MDSC will provide the specific training for this role which covers: Mental Health, Companionship Call Fundamentals and Peer Support Training.

If a student is interested in learning more and / or applying for this position, please have them apply through our volunteer link: or by emailing

MDSC is a national, not-for-profit, consumer-driven, voluntary health charity committed to ensuring that the voices of consumers, family members and caregivers are heard on issues relating to mental health and mental illness; and in particular, with regards to PTSD, depression, bipolar illness and other associated mood disorders. MDSC is working on raising the awareness of mood disorders as treatable medical disorders and eliminating barriers to full community participation by reducing discrimination and stigma among the public, treatment and service providers, and governments.

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Location: Remote

Skills needed of a successful volunteer: Converse with ease, empathetic

Please explain how a volunteer will develop their skills by accepting this opportunity:
By connecting with Veterans and Veteran Family Members from all across the country, volunteers will develop peer support skills by providing a listening ear to a vulnerable population. Volunteers will also enter a network of like-minded individuals, passionate about mental health efforts.

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