Exploring Peer Support
What is Peer Support?
Peer support is a supportive relationship between people with a shared lived experience. A peer support worker offers emotional and social support to others who have a shared experience, such as trauma, mental health issues, grief and loss, and existing as a marginalized person in an oppressive society.
How is this different from regular therapy?
Peer support workers typically aren't trained in specific therapeutic modalities, but rather rely on their shared lived experiences combined with empathy, social support, and emotional connection.
Who should see a peer support worker?
anyone seeking more informal support
folks with negative experiences or trauma around mental health professionals
people who have experienced very specific life situations and want to work with someone who has that shared experience