Authors: Tricia Meers , NSW
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: friendship, EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING,HEALING AND RECOVERY,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Compeer is an award winning, cost effective volunteer program that has helped hundreds of consumers since 1996 break down the stigma and isolation associated with mental illness through friendship and social support. Compeer matches people diagnosed with a mental illness in friendship with a caring volunteer. One steady reliable and caring friend can make all the difference, bringing joy and hope into a person’s life that may be empty of both. Learn how the program works, the successes, how we evaluate outcomes that are achieved through the simple act of friendship, how consumers can access the program. Compeer enables change, empowering consumers to be what they want to be.