The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that Peer Support is “getting help from someone who has been there. People with similar experiences may be able to listen, give hope and guidance toward recovery in a way that is different, and may be just as valuable, as professional services.” This is exactly what Peer Support Central was created to do. When you have a passion to help someone else go through an experience that you have gone through as well, you can do someone a world of good.

Training

We know that as a potential peer supporter, you may have gone through similar experiences but we want to train you on how to help the other person. Sometimes it’s as easy as listening to that person but there are other times where they will need a little more support. We can train you on how to handle certain situations and you may not be familiar with. It takes more than knowing about the experience, it’s about feeling what your peer is feeling and how to talk him or her down during a high tension time.

Leadership

When you are in a leadership position, it is important that you are not just dictating tasks but also understanding and relating to those below you. You also should know when there might be something wrong with one of your team members. Talk to them and find out if there is anything that they want to talk about. Let them know that you are in their corner and that you are here to listen and not judge.

When you are ready to learn how to be a peer supporter or learn new methods, call us at Peer Support Central today.

SOURCE:

http://www2.nami.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Inform_Yourself/About_Mental_Illness/About_Treatments_and_Supports/Peer_Services_and_Supports.htm