Peer support is at the heart of my work... I see it as a sharing experience where real stories can be told and comfort can be drawn from understanding. In the finding of common ground, shame is diminished and wisdom exchanged. Peer support is reciprocal, expressed as dual verbs:
~ helping/being helped
Peer support is usually defined as something that occurs between people who have the lived experience of mental distress. But given that everybody suffers, we are all potentially peers, able to reach across the abyss that only appears to divide us, to offer the gift of connection and in doing so, become whole again.
The word "broken" may not speak to all of us, but it was a word I often used to describe myself when unwell. Letting people see my "broken-ness" is still an important part of my healing.