The Mission of Peer Support is HOPE.
What is a Peer Support Specialist
Peer Support Specialists are people living in recovery with mental health and/or substance use challenges and who provide support to others who can benefit from their lived experience.
A Certified Peer Support Specialist is an individual who is or has been a recipient of mental health or substance use services.
What does a Peer Support Specialist do?
- Inspire and promote hope that people can and do recover
- Walk with people on their recovery journeys and help create a recovery plan
- Dispel myths about what it means to have a mental health condition or substance use disorder
- Provide self-help education and link people to tools and resources
- Support people in identifying their goals, hopes, and dreams, and creating a roadmap to getting there.
- Provide Support Groups
- Support them in court
- Guide people to be independent, where they can advocate for themselves
- Support anyone, not just people with addiction (ex: domestic violence survivors and more)
- Be an active listener
- Share our own story (when wanted), so you know you are not alone on your journey