Peer Support Specialists promote recovery by using their own lived experience with mental health concerns to provide empowerment to the peers they work with. For individuals living with a mental illness, recovery is a personal experience that encompasses all aspects of one’s life. The recovery journey involves the development of hope, self-esteem, purpose, decision making and problem solving skills, connection with others, and a satisfying and meaningful life. Peer Support is recovery based, strengths focused, and peer driven. Because of their own personal recovery experiences, Peer Support Specialists are uniquely qualified to support the recovery of others. They instill hope and empowerment in those recovering from serious mental health or mental health/substance use co-occurring disorders.
Providing Support and Advocacy!
Peer Support Specialists work with peers to connect them to resources in the community. They coach their peers around how to independently identify needs and access resources. In addition, Peer Support Specialists advocate for their peers in treatment settings and within the community.
Role Modeling Recovery!
Peer Support Specialists have a wealth of experience navigating their own recovery journeys. By sharing their stories and modeling healthy, effective decision-making in peer relationships, they can inspire others to do the same.
Facilitating Positive Change!
The spirit of recovery and resilience is grounded in hope and optimism. As such, Peer Support Specialists work to motivate their peers through positive means, highlighting strengths and resources. They can facilitate change through goal setting, education, and skills building.