Peer support empowers people to make the best decisions for them and to strive towards their goals in their communities. Peers are an essential component of recovery-focused systems and are key across settings and stages of recovery.
According to a recent article in the Psychiatric Times:
Persons in recovery from obstacles to mental wellness have insider knowledge of what it takes to have a life well lived, credibility and trustworthiness fostered by their lived experience, their passion to give back, and their dedication to making recovery a reality for others. Peers can also make invaluable contributions to better outcomes by advocating for, transforming, expanding, and providing effective mental health services.
According to Mental Health America:
Peer support is an evidence-based practice for the treatment of mental health challenges. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence indicate that peer support lowers the overall cost of mental health services by reducing re-hospitalization rates and days spent in inpatient services, increasing the use of outpatient services. Peer support improves quality of life, increases patient engagement and self-management, and increases whole health.