This page covers definitions for all of the important terms, acronyms and words used throughout this website. 

If you feel that there is a term or word that I have missed to highlight here, please get in touch with me through the chat bar or email me directly at with your suggestion. 

Peer Support

Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. At Deep Seas, we do this by offering non clinical mental health and well-being support. 

This can look like:


connection to resources,

experiential sharing,

building your community, 

relationship building, 

skill building / mentoring / goal setting, or

socialization / self-esteem building.

Peer Mentor

Peer mentor is one step extra in peer support. Specifically, it's a form of mentorship between someone with a particular lived experience, mentoring someone who is new to the experience. Often the person seeking mentorship is a youth. 

Lived experience

Lived experience refers to someone's past or personal story and their recovery. 
This can include, but is not limited to their mental health, chronic illness, trauma, substance use, sex, sexuality, gender identity, culture, religion, family system, age, financial stability, physical ability etc. 


SEL stands for social and emotional learning and is an acronym often used in reference to students. SEL increases social skills (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy) and reduces depression and stress among students. 


There are many places you can head to if you want to learn more about SEL. Here are just a few of our favourites/go tos:

Committee for Children,

Evidence for Learning,

What's the Buzz.

What's the Buzz

What's the Buzz is a social end emotional literacy program co-created by Mark Le Messurier and Madhavi Nawana Parker for youth and young people, particularly those who struggle to communicate and form social connections.

The program is broken down over 48 different lessons that cover friendships, emotions, communication styles and resilience building. 

To learn more about the program, head over to their website directly at:

To learn more about Mark and Madhavi respectively, click on their names (outlined) which will take you to their personal websites.

DBT Skills Training

DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and was created by Dr Marsha Linehan, a lived experience driven psychologist. She created DBT for those experiencing suicidal ideation, and intense emotion dysregulation. 

Within DBT, there are four modules of skills that combine concepts of acceptance and mindfulness and works to enhance your capabilities to cope. 
The take away message from DBT is that you deserve to live a life worth living and the skills you learn along the way enhance your capacity to do that. 

To learn more about Dr Marsha Linehan or about DBT, head over to her website at:


Mindfulness is a type of mental state that focuses your awareness on the right here and right now, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This is a skill you can learn to master through DBT and our Peer SEL Skills Program.

Interpersonal effectiveness

Interpersonal effectiveness is your ability to interact with others and how you talk to yourself. This is a skill you can learn to master through DBT and our Peer SEL Skills Program, or through our SEL Youth Program

Distress tolerance

Distress tolerance is your ability to manage your emotional and mental distress, whether you are in an immediate crisis or not. It can involve being able to make it through an emotional incident without making it worse. This is a skill you can learn to master through DBT and our Peer SEL Skills Program

Emotion regulation

Emotion regulation refers to the process and ability to understood, communicate and cope with your emotions. 

This is a skill you can learn to master through DBT and our Peer SEL Skills Program

social tourism

Social tourism is a form of tourism that brings people to local communities or social activities with the goal of not only gaining a fun experience but also contributing to the place/activity they're visiting.

Examples of Deep Seas' Social Tourist Attractions are on our Page at: Social Tourism!

Holistic approach

The term 'holistic approach' refers to a form of support that at the whole person, not just a specific area. It's about focussing on the whole wellness of the person and not just their illness or condition. 

A holistic approach looks at:


social and environmental, 


mental, and 

spiritual areas of the person. 

At  Deep Seas, we work to the best of our ability to maintain this approach in everything that we do.