A peer is a person who has had a similar experience to another person or people, such as living with diabetes or mental distress, that has had a significant impact on their life. A peer can be in paid or unpaid employment, and use their experience to benefit others in the work they do. In New Zealand, there are several examples of peer support programmes and initiatives, mostly in the area of mental health.
Peer support programmes and examples
Peer support can range from informal peer networks or buddy systems to formal peer support programmes.
In New Zealand, some examples are shown below – you can read more by visiting the websites.