What is Peer Support?
Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. Peers have “been there, done that.” People with disabilities – physical or intellectual disabilities, mental health and/or substance abuse issues – have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer this support, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery.
Research has shown that peer support facilitates recovery and reduces health care costs. Peers also provide assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community. The ability to contribute to and enjoy one’s community is key to recovery and well-being. Another critical component that peers provide is the development of self-efficacy through role modeling and assisting peers with ongoing recovery through mastery of experiences and finding meaning, purpose, and social connections in their lives.
Peer support values the expertise that comes from being a person with a disability.
The Peer Support program serves the following counties: Barbour, Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker and Upshur.
Peer Support Groups
NWVCIL’s Peer Support helps facilitate regular peer-directed support groups.
- Self-Advocacy Support System (SASS)
- Wednesdays from 10 – 11 AM @ Friendship Room
- Support for Wellness (SWELL)
- Time currently TBD
- Women’s Group
Peer Support Activities
The Peer Support program hosts activities to create opportunities for people with disabilities to show their talents, gain new skills, and socialize with others.
- Different Voices and Common Experiences Art Show
- Community Picnic
- Pumpkin Carving Party
- Spring Fling