Peer Support

Receiving support and companionship from someone who is in a similar circumstance or facing similar challenges can be very helpful for many people. For people with mental illness and their families, support from peers can be particularly beneficial in reducing isolation and building community. Within peer relationships each individual has the opportunity to share his or her unique gifts and experiences with the other. Parish communities are particularly suited to be places of peer support.

Who is a peer?
  • Another person with a mental illness

  • Someone who has a family member with a mental illness

  • People of similar age or background (including former classmates, neighbors, etc.)

  • Individuals recognizing each other from Mass and parish events and activities

 How might peers connect with one another?
  • Through introductions facilitated by parish staff, parishioners, and family members

  • By initiating conversations after Mass or during other gatherings at the parish

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