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How important is peer support for mental health?

Discover how shared experiences can pave the way for empathetic and compassionate support.

How important is peer support for mental health?

Discover how shared experiences can pave the way for empathetic and compassionate support.

In supporting people with disabilities across Australia, peer support for mental health is one of the most important ways individuals ensure they stay connected and cared for.

This is a form of exchange where support is both given and received, and often includes practical knowledge on managing disabilities, emotional support, community engagement and more.

Today, the benefits of this kind of support are immense. It not only provides people who may be dealing with the mental health effects of managing a disability with the encouragement and assistance they need but it also supports their long-term wellbeing. 

Ultimately, it keeps them connected to people who understand their unique circumstances.

In supporting people with disabilities across Australia, peer support for mental health is one of the most important ways individuals ensure they stay connected and cared for.

This is a form of exchange where support is both given and received, and often includes practical knowledge on managing disabilities, emotional support, community engagement and more.

Today, the benefits of this kind of support are immense. It not only provides people who may be dealing with the mental health effects of managing a disability with the encouragement and assistance they need but it also supports their long-term wellbeing. 

Ultimately, it keeps them connected to people who understand their unique circumstances.

What are the different types of peer support available?

Depending on personal requirements, there are different types of support available for individuals managing their disabilities and mental health needs. 

  • Support groups that are run by experienced peer workers and focus on providing emotional support, sharing experiences, and connecting people with other activities.
  • Individual or personal support, where each person connects with a peer to discuss their feelings, set certain goals and work towards achieving them.
  • Online forums—this is a new type of peer support that ensures that individuals get the support they need, whenever they need it, through an online peer network.

What are the different types of peer support available?

Depending on personal requirements, there are different types of support available for individuals managing their disabilities and mental health needs. 

  • Support groups that are run by experienced peer workers and focus on providing emotional support, sharing experiences, and connecting people with other activities.
  • Individual or personal support, where each person connects with a peer to discuss their feelings, set certain goals and work towards achieving them.
  • Online forums—this is a new type of peer support that ensures that individuals get the support they need, whenever they need it, through an online peer network.

What do we do?

At Shine Social and Communities, we provide peer support for mental health through our range of programmes.

We understand that to live an independent and empowered life, every individual requires something different. That’s why our peer support includes:

  • Social and community participation
  • Transportation training
  • Individual skills development
  • Support within the home
  • Assistance with daily chores or appointments
  • Enjoying new experiences

At Shine Social and Communities, we provide peer support for mental health through our range of programmes.

We understand that to live an independent and empowered life, every individual requires something different. That’s why our peer support includes:

  • Social and community participation
  • Transportation training
  • Individual skills development
  • Support within the home
  • Assistance with daily chores or appointments
  • Enjoying new experiences

What our community says about us

I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

Kristian L

I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

 

Calen

I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

 

Keely

Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

Kris

What our community says about us

I like the Saturday program because I get to meet new people and make new friends. I like the activities that we get to do.

Kristian L

I like it when you go on the group. It gives me something to do , I like meeting people and I like the activities.

 

Calen

I love the Saturday group and I love being with everyone.

 

Keely

Great instructor, great technique and teaching style, I feel so good after my surfing session like my mind is clear and I can do this.

Kris

Our services

Supported independent living facilities

Peer and individual support

Disability community programmes

NDIS support coordination

Holidays and camps

A social hub

Short-term accommodation

Our services

Supported independent living facilities

Peer and individual support

Disability community programmes

NDIS support coordination

Holidays and camps

A social hub

Short-term accommodation

FAQs

What is peer support for mental health?

Peer support is when people with shared or similar experiences connect to support each other. This often includes emotional support, sharing experiences, setting goals and working towards them, engaging in community activities and more. Support is both given and received in these kinds of arrangements.

How should you support the mental and emotional health of your peers?

This will depend on the unique experiences and requirements of each person. In general, however, it includes listening and communicating with them empathetically, providing them with practical guidance, connecting them to various programmes and activities, and helping them work towards their goals.

Why is peer support important for mental health?

Today, peer support —especially when it comes to the mental health effects of managing a disability—is useful for a number of reasons. It can:

  • Improve how each person manages their disability and requirements
  • Connect them with members of their community and engage in various activities
  • Prevent them from feeling alone or unsupported
  • Help them feel understood, connected and supported across their life
How can Shine help me or someone I’m caring for?

At Shine Social and Communities, we specialise in supporting people managing various disabilities, and their families, through our hands-on and expert-led services.

From NDIS support coordination to peer support programmes, supported independent living and more, we help each person live an empowered and enriching life.

Is Shine’s support covered by the NDIS?

Yes. Our services may also be supported under other disability schemes—please get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.

Enjoy empathetic peer support for mental health today


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