SAFE Group Facilitator
SAFE is lead and organized by Martha McCallum, a Western University Psychology graduate, Peer Support Worker and long-term program apprentice.
Martha was born in London, Ontario and began to struggle with depression and self-harm at age 12. At age 14, she became a member of the S.A.F.E. program which was then run by B.J. Thom. After graduating from Central Secondary school in 2008, she attended Waterloo University before transferring to Western University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2013.
Martha has been self-harm free since 2009. During her tenure at Western University she began participating in group activities as a leadership apprentice and after Mary Graham’s retirement was given the opportunity to become the facilitator of SAFE. She hopes to continue the tradition that SAFE has long established while increasing promotion and outreach with the goal of reducing the stigma associated with self-harm.
Along with her commitment to S.A.F.E, Martha has also held other social service positions in the community. Martha provided Peer Support through LHSC’s Cornerstone Counselling initiative – a free counselling service for youth aged 16-25 experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges. When the pilot program came to an end, Martha continued providing Peer Support to youth and the general public through CMHA’s Community Wellness Programs.