Peer support is a mutual exchange of help and conversation based on “shared understanding, respect and mutual empowerment between people in similar situations” (Mead et al., 2001).
Peer support does not require identical experiences or opinions, but consists of encouraging each other through common difficulties. Members should understand that health challenges can affect people in different ways, and that health experiences are no less valuable because they are different from their own.
Peer support should not be directive e.g.“This will work for you because it worked for me”. Instead, we expect for members to encourage each other to seek their own solutions and making sure the community feels supported along the way.
Peer support does not replace the relationship between you and your doctor, or other health professionals.
Members should strive to create a safe atmosphere for their peers, and show consideration. This means being tolerant of conflicting views, avoiding judgment and accepting that other members "publish information that is true and correct to the best of their knowledge"
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