Let’s Talk Employment
A Guide for Family Members of Individuals in Mental Health Recovery
Peer Support for Your Family Member
What Questions Should I Ask?
- Why is peer support important?
- How can my family member find peers to communicate with?
What You Should Know
Persons with mental health conditions often find great strength and inspiration from others with similar conditions, who have been able to find the skills, opportunities, and supports to achieve meaningful goals. You and your family member may want to subscribe to the Recovery Library as developed by Pat Deegan, an outstanding peer leader and voice of persons in recovery. It is regularly updated and always provides first person accounts of recovery.
There are numerous ways that you can help your family member find peer support for their vocational journey. Here are a few:
- Informally through friends or associates in recovery, who have successfully handled their own vocational challenges;
- Through a program that has peer support built into its vocational services.
- Through a program that is a totally peer-run program with some emphasis on work.
Peer support in the workplace. Video from Sun Life Canada. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofewGy7vyGA
Intentional Peer support. Steven Morgan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE0bofujN78
Intentional Peer Support. Sheri Mead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1w_HGQWTiU
Davidson, L., Bellamy, C., Guy, K., & Miller, R. (2012). Peer support among those with severe mental illness. World Psychiatry. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1016/j.wpsyc.2012.05.009/full
Family Peer Support for Employment. Sylvie Bouchard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNRmPv35uRQ
International Association of Peer Supporters
National Empowerment Center