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.
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.