Peer support services are uniquely qualified to enhance several aspects of recovery, including hope, empowerment, self-esteem, self-efficacy, social inclusion and engagement. They have been found to reduce internalised stigma and promote empowerment and inclusion through the development of person identity with peers.
There are peer support groups in South Auckland, West Auckland, Central Auckland, East Auckland and the Northshore. These groups and individual peer support sessions are available face to face or remotely.
The life experience of the peer-support-worker creates common ground from which the trust relationship with the person is formed. Empowerment, empathy, hope and choice along with mutuality are the main drivers in purposeful peer support work. There is a great deal of strength gained from knowing someone who has walked where you are walking and now has a life of their choosing. In this way it is different from support work, it comes from a profoundly different philosophical base.What is peer support? – Male Survivor Aotearoa New Zealand