The following is not limited but gives you an idea of what we could have a peer conversation around:
- Grief/ Loss
- Feel Suicidal
- Eating Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Spiritual Experiences
Why peer support?
The difference is having the experience of compromised mental health. You do not have to have a diagnosis to have compromised mental health. Having a diagnosis has positive and negative outcomes, and is very individual.
Medication and whether to take it or not, contra-indications, St. John’s wort usage, confusion over styles of therapy i.e. counselling vs. psychotherapy are some of the discussions I can have.
Having worked in a number of peer support roles in Christchurch including at Hillmorton Hospital, I know no one wants to end up there, or even in crisis respite care.
- Do you have a plan so you can aim to minimise crisis?
- Can I support you with some wellness strategies?
Peer support is done as part of the Wellness Consultation service.