What is Peer Support?
Let’s start by talking about what we mean by “recovery” and “peer support” for individuals and family members. The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support states it well.
NOTE: these definitions were written with the belief that addictions and mental health were separate issues, with peer support we learn that they come from a similar place.
“Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. In this case, the experience that individuals or groups have in common is in relation to a mental health challenge or illness. This common experience might be related to their own mental health or that of a loved one.”