Peer support workers play a key role in the mental health field, offering assistance and encouragement to those living with mental health issues. This includes not only those who have illnesses, but also friends, families and others impacted by illness. Peer support workers draw on shared experiences to determine the best course of action of patients and clients.
Peer support in mental health can take a variety of forms depending on what the circumstance calls for. Workers are deeply knowledgeable about available resources, and can help facilitate the use of or participation in support groups and other community services. Peer support can also take place on a personal level, with one-to-one visits and consultations centred on something as simple as socialising to more detailed plan-building and goal-setting.
There are 2 courses available for people who want to become a Peer Support Worker.