Understanding & Empowerment
Peer support creates a supportive space for individuals sharing similar life stressors to process and encourage each other, fostering connection and hope. This approach offers a unique acceptance and validation, enabling individuals to set their own goals, develop strategies for self-empowerment, and embark on a path towards self-determined and fulfilling lives, while breaking down barriers and power dynamics often found in traditional professional relationships.
Benefits of Peer Support
Peer support offers a range of benefits, including heightened self-esteem and confidence, improved control over one’s life, and a stronger perception of treatment responsiveness and inclusivity. Increased social support and enhanced social functioning, along with decreased substance use, depression, and psychotic symptoms, contribute to improved overall well-being. Additionally, individuals experience reduced hospital admissions and extended community tenure, making peer support a valuable pathway to holistic recovery.
Our core beliefs center around empowerment, personal responsibility, and choice, promoting individual growth. We value diversity, mutual support, and social action, all while emphasizing recovery from psychiatric challenges through dedicated support and resources.
About Military Peer2Peer
Provide training, templates, mentorship, and additional resources so units and installations can build and sustain their community-specific peer support program.
How It Works
Steps to Start a Peer-to-Peer Program
1. Consultation Call
Our 15-minute consultation call is designed to assess whether our peer-to-peer support program aligns with your needs, allowing us to understand your situation better and discuss how our services can effectively enhance your well-being.
2. Pre-implementation Survey
Conduct a thorough survey to assess the needs and preferences of potential participants. Gather insights into the challenges they face, their expectations from the program, and their willingness to engage in peer support.
3. Develop Local Toolkit/Support Documents
Create comprehensive support materials, including guides, handbooks, and resources that will serve as a foundation for the peer-to-peer program.
4. Train Program Coordinators/Leads
Provide training to the program coordinators or leads overseeing the day-to-day operations. Equip them with the knowledge and skills required to effectively manage the program, address challenges, and ensure smooth implementation.
5. Collect Metrics / Feedback
Implement a system to collect relevant metrics and feedback throughout the program. This data will help evaluate the program’s effectiveness, identify areas for improvement, and tailor the support to better suit participants’ needs.
6. Post-implementation Survey
After the program has been running for a while, conduct another survey to gather feedback from both program participants and peer support specialists. Evaluate whether the program is meeting its objectives and gather insights for potential adjustments
7. Report Significant Findings
Compile and analyze the metrics, feedback, and survey results to identify any significant findings or trends.