Compeer Friends and Connections

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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. 

Program Details:

  • Volunteer participants will be matched with a peer who is in recovery with a mental health diagnosis and is referred to Compeer by a mental health professional.
  • Compeer friends will typically spend four hours per month engaging with each other, either through phone conversations or mutually enjoyable activities.
  • Volunteers are asked to commit to 4 hours of engagement per month for at least 12 months.
  • Activities should be free or mutually affordable.
  • Volunteers will complete an interview, background check and a one-hour training session prior to being matched with a peer.
  • Participants must be 18 or older.

If you’re interested in getting involved in the Compeer program, please fill out the form below. For more information, contact us at or call Alex Espitia, Director of Recovery Initiatives 336-373-1402 ext: 207. 

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