From Mad in Ireland: Peer support is simple. It is the very natural, very normal, coming together of humans where they share their experiences of living with very natural, very normal, human distress. But, If I had to give it an in depth, thorough, formalised definition it would probably go something like this… Peer support occurs when people share their own lived experience of mental health difficulties with others who live with similar challenges. Through the sharing of these similar experiences, meaningful connections are made and emotional healing ensues. This peer connection is based on mutuality and reciprocity which aims to establish a deep, transformative relationship.
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