Be a Friend, Make a Difference
Compeer is a nationally-recognized community-based mental health program, serving individuals living with mental illness through supportive friendship and mentoring relationships, which occur in safe environments using natural supports. Compeer uses the power of volunteer friends and mentors to improve the lives of adults who are striving for good mental health. People are all ages, come from different backgrounds, and face different challenges.
The Compeer model developed from the concept that social support, along with traditional psychotherapy, contributes positively to an individual’s mental health recovery. In Compeer Friends and Connections, volunteers are matched in a one-to-one supportive relationship with individuals who are in recovery with a mental health diagnosis. Compeer friends typically spend one hour a week communicating by phone or engaging in mutually affordable or free activities in the community that both enjoy.
The relationship formed between volunteers and their friends encourage a sense of belonging, trust and self-esteem. Compeer is the remarkable story of personal change brought about by friendship. The gift of friendship is given without expecting anything in return. Simply stated, a friend believes in us.
If you’re interested in getting involved in the Compeer program, please fill out the form below. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julia Pero, Director of Recovery Initiatives 336-373-1402 ext: 207.