Peer Support: Sharing the Power of Lived Experience

Peer support means sharing the power of your lived experience with others to achieve mutual goals, assess options, and discover new ways of thinking and doing. It means creating a connection between two people that does not place one in the role of the helper and the other in the role of helpee. When we do this, both parties benefit, and both learn from the process.

Peer supporters offer a perspective that is as powerful as it is unique. That’s because peer supporters understand that all experiences—including traumatic ones—impact how we see the world, and how we respond to it.

Most important, peer support works! It’s extremely flexible, and can used both as an alternative or in addition to clinical psychiatric and substance abuse services. And it offers hope for a journey to well being for people while managing complex mental health and recovery pathways.