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How Can Peer Support Help Me?

 

Is peer support for me?

What draws most people to attend peer support and become involved in peer support programs is the support and encouragement they receive. This can help them make sense of their experiences, feel less isolated, alone and fearful and come to terms with the changes in their lives.

 

See our Peer Support Information Sheet to learn more

Where can I find a program or group that suits me?

If you are interested in joining a peer support program why not:

  • contact one of these organisations that offer or are connected with peer support programs
  • visit the local community health service that may run or have information of a local program
  • ask your GP, the practice nurse at the GP, your specialist or other health professionals if they know of any of any groups or peer support programs that might suit you
  • check out the full list of Chronic Illness Alliance members to see if there is a foundation working with your condition and contact that to ask if it has support programs
  • search online using the words ‘peer support’  or community group together with the key words that describe your condition(s)

What if I am keen to start a new peer support program?

That’s fantastic! Congratulations on taking the first step in starting a new peer support program. Here are some resources to get you started: