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. 

Peers help increase hope, empowerment, self-efficacy, quality of and satisfaction with life.

Psychiatric Times (2018)

Respite users were 70% less likely to use inpatient or emergency services.

Psychiatric Services. (2015)

Peer support has been shown to decrease substance use, unmet needs, and demoralization.

Psychiatric Times (2018)

Respite users show statistically significant improvements in healing, and empowerment.

 American Journal of Psychology. (2008)

Peer staff are better able to engage people in caring relationships.

Psychiatry Services (2006)

Respite guests experience improvement in self-esteem, mental health symptoms, & social activity.

Outlook. (Vol. Spring 2002)