Peer Support is about helping another person move on with their life – to recover. This involves:
- Helping that person get in touch with what they think will improve their quality of life (setting recovery goals)
- Helping them to identify and remove barriers
- Seeing their situation and circumstances differently: With hope and self determination.
- Requires the establishment of a relationship. A relationship is built on trust, even in the first few minutes of meeting.
A Peer is anyone you share a mutual experience with. That experience can include, but is not limited too, mental health or substance use diagnosis or symptoms, and involvement with mental health/addictions systems.
It is the act of people who have had similar experiences with a mental health and/or addiction issue giving each other encouragement, hope, assistance, guidance, and understanding that aids in recovery.