PEER SUPPORT ESSENTIALS
At Life Long Mentors, peer support volunteers utilize all 3 elements of the peer support philosophy in order to provide support that is consistent, comprehensive, and committed for every individual we embrace. Below is more information on components of our peer support guided model that is guaranteed for every individual.
Peer Listening involves active listening, normalization, and validation from someone who has been in your shoes and can relate to common experiences. It is a powerful step in the true empathetic response created by peer support.
Peer education involves providing information, tangible resources, and education around common topics. It is an important piece of peer support that allows for gained knowledge and information through shared common experiences.
Peer mentorship is seeking encouragement, inspiration, and hope from someone who shares your battles and obstacles and at the same time demonstrates resiliency and compassion. Peer mentorship is all about role-modelling that is done to both meet the person where they are at and encourage hope, resiliency, and overcoming adversity.