Where many peer specialists get off course is believing the goal of peer support is to be an inspiration.

This allows for conversations where waiting for the next opportunity to say something inspirational outweighs listening and empathy. When this happens, the crucial peer connection of shared experience isn’t given space to flourish.

The goal of peer support is recovery through shared experience, guidance and not inspiration. Let the peer inspire themselves through their actions and triumphs, and be there to celebrate with them.