Top 5 Reasons Peer Support Really Works
January 22, 2016
Today, we are constantly and fully absorbed in a given moment. The famous Nobel Prize winning Daniel Kahneman has said: “Nothing in life is as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it.”
With so many things going on for all of us, it’s easy to become overburdened. I am stressed out. I can’t handle this. I don’t know what to do. I feel kind of depressed. We all say some variation of these numerous times in any given month. Many times we may be told that this is simply a part of life and can just be accepted. But what if that isn’t true?
What if there was something more we can do? Or at least steps we can take to be proactive? I asked myself these questions so many times (I’m not one to simply accept the status quo). I asked myself enough times to do something about it. I found a team working on providing proven helpful support to anyone and everyone.
At Prevail Health, we offer free anonymous chats with peer coaches. We call our peer coaches Trained Peer Specialists – because they have gone through training and our clinically proven online treatment program.
We all face moments where simply having someone to talk to about what’s on our minds would make us feel so much better. There is a lot of information that is supports the notion that just talking about something helps us wrap our mind around it and understand the situation, lowering our stress.
Talking with our Trained Peer Specialist helps. And here are the Top 5 reasons why:
- Everyone has knowledge or experience with emotional, social or otherwise practical and helpful support to share on any given topic
- Peer support has an inherent focus on increasing a person’s ability to cope with life’s challenges through open sharing and facilitation, rather than just managing symptoms.
- Peer support activities have been proven to reduce symptoms of depression and can be very beneficial for people with limited time or resources.
- Discussing stress, troubling thoughts, hard predicaments, and just life in general with social support or peers increases our sense of belonging which improves coping and outlook, according to a Mayo Clinic article.
- People facing stress, anxiety or symptoms of depression that are helped by peers tend to experience more thorough and longer lasting recoveries according to an article posted by Mental Health America.
Want to test and experience what everyone is talking about? Chat with any of our Trained Peer Specialists.