Certified Peer Support Specialists are counselors who have lived experience with addiction or mental illness. They have gone through the same things you are and can help you navigate the publicly-funded health care system and help you get the services and supports you need.
Peer Support Specialists can help because sometimes it is easier to accept you have problems and easier to deal with challenges when you get to talk to someone who understands exactly how you feel. Other times it helps just to know someone else cares about you and will be checking on you.
The Peer Support Specialists also benefit from helping others. Their recovery and overall wellness is improved by helping others and connecting with someone living with the same types of issues and treatments.
What is a Peer Support Specialist?
Peer Support Specialists are people living in recovery with mental illness or substance use disorder and who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.