PEER MENTORING – Spinal Cord Injury / Disease
There is no greater support than that of your peers.
Peer mentoring takes place between a peer mentor who has adjusted and progressed in spite of a spinal cord injury or disease and a peer mentee who is newly spinal cord injured or diagnosed with a spinal disease. Peer mentors can help peer mentees adjust to life with a spinal cord injury as well as with health, social and lifestyle issues that the peer is experiencing. When someone becomes part of a peer mentoring program, they greatly benefit and dramatically shorten the time it takes to reach their new goals.
Peer mentoring provides individuals with a spinal cord injury or disease the opportunity to learn from those who have successfully adapted following a similar experience. Peer mentors provide education, guidance and opportunities to individuals while exposing peer mentees to strategies that are new and beneficial. The peer mentor may challenge the mentee with new ideas and act as a friend and guide while encouraging the mentee to move from things that are comfortable into realities that are life enhancing.
PEER TALK – Straight Talk From Those Who Have Been There
MOVING FORWARD WITH UNITED SPINAL
United Spinal Association and Hollister, Inc., have teamed up to create a national network of peer support groups called the “Spinal Network”. Spinal Network Support Groups provide peer to peer support for individuals, friends, caregivers and family members.