Understanding Peer Support: Definition and Purpose
Peer support is a form of support where individuals who share a common experience provide emotional and practical support to one another. This type of support is different from professional support because it comes from someone who has been through a similar experience and can understand the challenges and feelings that come with it.
|Peer support||A form of support where individuals who share a common experience, such as being a caregiver, provide emotional and practical support to one another.|
|Peer supporter / helper / provider / mentor||An individual who offers support and guidance to another person in a peer support relationship.|
|Peer support recipient / help-seeker||
An individual who receives support and guidance from another person in a peer support relationship.
Support that provides comfort, encouragement, and understanding to someone in a difficult or challenging situation.
Support that provides practical help and assistance with everyday tasks or problems.
|Respite worker||An individual who provides temporary care for a person requiring that care. This allows the caregiver to have a break.|
The next two pages will expand on the topic.