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:

  • Compeer Volunteers will be matched with a peer who is in recovery with a mental health diagnosis and is referred to the Compeer program by a mental health professional.
  • Compeer friends will typically spend four hours per month, or an hour a week, engaging with each other through phone conversations or mutually enjoyable activities.
  • 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.

READY TO BECOME A COMPEER VOLUNTEER?

STEP 1 IS TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION!

Complete the application in the download box and submit to Info@mhag.org. Once we receive the application, the Compeer Coordinator will reach out to you to schedule an interview and training. Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to apply!

STEP 2 IS THE MATCH!

Once you complete a background check, the interview, and training, you are able to be matched! Compeer friends are referred to Compeer by mental health professionals and are as diverse as our volunteers.

STEP 3 IS THE MEETING!

In this step, you get to meet your Compeer friend! The Compeer Coordinator will help set up the initial meeting between the Compeer Volunteer and Friend. A great friendship is just waiting to begin!

STEP 4 IS TO HAVE FUN!

Go out with your Compeer Friend and have fun! Attend any Compeer classes hosted by MHG and participate in shared activities like going for walks, eating out, watching movies, or simply just chat! The possibilities are endless, but the most important part is to have fun!

For more information about the Compeer Program, fill out the inquiry form below or call Alex Espitia, Director of Recovery Initiatives 336-373-1402. 

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