What is Peer Support?
Peer support is support provided between one or more people who have similar or shared experiences, and who recognise each other as peers.
These similar or shared experiences provide conditions for mutuality, trust, equality, respect and understanding. This can be offered professionally (Peer Support Work), or informally (such as through friendships and support groups).
Mental health peer support can bring a range of benefits, such as friendship, empowerment, acceptance, stigma reduction and shared learning and insights for recovery. Mental health peer support workers and programs can also bring about significant improvements in service cultures, towards more recovery-centred and trauma informed approaches.
CoMHWA currently hosts the WA Peer Supporters’ Network (WAPSN), a network for and by peer supporters in Western Australia bring news, professional learning, and opportunities to connect with others.
The Network offers a bimonthly (every 2 months) newsletter and a bimonthly network meeting.
Joining the network is free and open to peer supporters, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact (08) 9258 8911.
Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work
The Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualification is contributing to the goal of peer workers being a recognized, valued and integral part of mental health and alcohol and other drug services. CoMHWA is working with training provider North Metropolitan TAFE to support students in successful completion of their studies. The twenty recipients have already completed a peer work bridging course with us and are soon to start peer supervision.
The Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work Project, which includes scholarships, evaluation and student support, is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Western Australia.
“The Cert IV turned my life around. I used to be stuck at home, never leaving the house. Now I get out and do things. I’m really appreciative of the qualification.”
Not sure where to start in finding peer support near you? Contact CoMHWA and we will assist you to identify options.
View our range of Peer Support Projects.