Earlier studies of Peer Support include a brief report from a British psychologist with research interests in the area of bullying, who visited 12 New Zealand secondary schools in 2000 and was full of praise for the New Zealand Peer Support programme (Peer Support New Zealand, 2001). Other studiesContinue Reading Much evidence supports that peer support is a critical and effective strategy for ongoing health care and sustained behavior change for people with chronic diseases and other conditions, and its benefits can be extended to community, organizational and societal levels. Overall, studies have found that social support: decreases morbidityContinue Reading

⁦@TePouNZ⁩ ⁦@MatuaRaki⁩ ⁦@PlatformTrust⁩ ⁦@dapaanz⁩ – thanks to Suzy Stephens for sharing intentional peer support / nice definition! — Robyn shearer (@shearer_robyn) September 3, 2018 Male Survivors Aotearoa | Operating Principles Purposeful Always ‘on purpose’: putting male survivors first and always seeking ways to improve their wellbeing. Professional Always ethical, open and honest; acting authentically with integrity and without judgement, always aspiring to the highest standards of professional practice. Collaborative Always collegial: building meaningfulContinue Reading Peer Listening A peer supporter who offers a listening service is a person who has been trained in counselling skills that include active listening, verbal and non-verbal communication, confidentiality and problem solving. Peer supporters who have completed certain training may then go on to offer support to their peersContinue Reading Personal choice For each person the journey of mental distress or addiction and how they achieve recovery, is unique; this means services need to be responsive to a range of needs; peer support has the flexibility to achieve this. Wanted by consumers Has been driven by consumers of servicesContinue Reading