Many workplaces are turning to peer support as part of an overall approach to workplace wellness. According to Peer Support Canada, “Peer support work is rooted in a trusting relationship between a person who is currently struggling and striving to find understanding and assistance, and the peer supporter whose personal history allows them to understand, support, and above all model a sense of hope.”
If you are someone who is thinking about reaching out for a peer supporter in your workplace or through peer support agencies, there are some questions you may want to ask such as:
- What has been your experience with a situation like mine and how well are you now?
- What should I expect from you in terms of confidentiality?
- How will you explain our relationship to others?
- What do you have to offer me?
- What resources at work or in the community do you recommend?
- How much time do you have available for me?
- How and when will we get together?
- How many others have you helped?
- Who supports you when you need it?
If you are thinking of becoming a peer support worker yourself, Peer Supporters also lists both reasons to consider it and reasons it may not be right for you.
If your organization is considering Peer support programs as part of your health and wellness strategies, you can learn from some of Canada’s experts on the topic. How the individuals providing peer support are trained and supported to do this important work is critical to a successful program. The benefits to the organization can be significant.