A Youth Peer Support Worker is someone with lived experience of mental health challenges who is trained, and supported with ongoing supervision to draw on those experiences to support others going through mental distress. In mental health services, Youth Peer Support Workers facilitate and mentor another person through their own recovery by role modelling recovery and instilling hope.
At headspace, we offer Peer Support groups for young people to share their lived experience of mental health challenges. Peer Volunteers are given the opportunity to become Role Model's or Co-facilitate Peer Support Groups with a Youth Peer Support Worker. Peer Volunteers can also Role Model in other groups, participate in community awareness activities and service co-design and feedback.
headspace Bentleigh will provide a core training, ongoing professional development opportunities and supervision to Peer Volunteers. Read more about Youth Peer Support at headspace here.