"A system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful" (1)
Peer support accepts and respects the perspective and contributions of lived experience.
The peer support approach promotes a wellness model. Assisting a person to find and develop their own personal resources empowers the individual with the belief that they can and do have control over their life.
For people with mental health issues, being ready and willing to take on responsibility for their own journey towards health and well-being is a fundamental part of recovery.
For carers, knowing that they have resources and skills to be able to support a person on that recovery journey can alleviate stress and improve their own health and wellbeing, as well as that of the person they are supporting (1).
1. Charter of Peer Support (2011) http://www.peersupportvic.org/images/stories/Peer_Support_booklet_14.12.11.pdf