We want every person accessing our offerings to know that we support whatever resources feel best, most comfortable for you. That means it is absolutely okay if you don't feel comfortable with a particular support person and want to try connecting with someone else. You have the option of connecting with multiple supporters as well. You may also find that peer support isn't a fit for you in general and that is also okay! We support whatever works for you.
What Peer Support Is:
🌸 Peer supporters engage in a way that centers the consent and boundaries of the person being supported.
🌸 Those being supported respect the ways or topics a peer supporter is comfortable holding support for.
🌸 Autonomous, the person being supported is the driver of their choices. There's no “one size fits all approach”, advice is only given where asked for and from a place of “I”.
🌸 Mutual, the peer supporter and the person being supported are equal; the peer supporter strives to deconstruct any inherent power hierarchies.
What Peer Support Is Not:
🌸 24/7 support, we are only available during planned sessions. Other communication may take time to respond to.
🌸 We are not clinicians, therapists, or case managers. We will not “treat” you, “fix” you, analyze you, or diagnose you.
🌸 This is unique and not a replacement for other services.
🌸 Carceral - we seek to avoid things that may take away somebody’s autonomy.
🌸 A dating service or space for romantic/sexual advances.
*We emphasize confidentiality but in instances of harm towards our supporters, depending on the level of harm, a Peer Supporter may breach confidentiality if it is affecting their physical or emotional safety. (ex: sharing what happened with Peer Support Space leadership).
We encourage communicating what your wants, needs, and boundaries are and want to learn how YOU want to be supported.