PACE is proud to offer specialized peer support workers
Peer Support is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principals of respect, shared responsibilities and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer Support is about understanding another’s situation empathically through the shared experience of emotional and psychological pain. It is persons with like minds, experience, knowledge, problem sharing skills and tactics for mutual benefits. Offering emotional support and practical ways of coping, this is done primarily by listening. It involves sharing experiences and information in a non judgmental way with empathy and sincerity. People learning from one other using their lived experience as the foundation to develop a healthy relationship. Peer Support is people that have experience with mental health issues helping others that have a mental health issue.
Benefits from receiving Peer Support
- Empowerment, hope and a feeling that others have faced the same tribulations and overcome them through a sense of common ground and understanding.
- Acceptance, someone to talk to , Someone who shows by example that there is a life after being diagnosed with a mental illness.
- No wait time: being able to speak with someone when you need it. No need to go on a wait list.
- Someone who has more than just a formal education. Speaking with a peer means speaking with someone else who’s been there.
- Knowing how others have coped.