The Brain Injury of Niagara Peer Support Mentor Program allows one individual’s life experience help another person who is in need of support.
The Peer Support Mentor Program is a new and invaluable program now offered through the Brain Injury Association of Niagara. Peer Support is process where an individual’s life experience helps another person who is dealing with a similar event and is in need of support. The program can be helpful to individuals who are survivors, caregivers, spouses, children and/or siblings.
The BIAN peer support mentoring program offers an additional resource to those experiencing the effects of brain injury and the resulting life changes. There are opportunities for both those adjusting to the effects of brain injury in their lives, and those who wish to offer help and support through sharing of their experience.
The Peer Mentor Support Program for people living with brain injury started in Ontario in 2006. The Brain Injury Association of Niagara is the 14th Association in Ontario to provide this program.
A Mentor is a ‘knowledgeable’ friend. A Mentor can be a survivor, caregiver, spouse, child and/or sibling. A Mentor is a person who has experience, experience that can help a Partner through the ‘things’ they are going through.
According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, 82% of Mentors say that being a Mentor improved their quality of life.
A Mentor does not take the place of a Psychologist or other Allied Health Care Professionals but is a person who helps a Partner feel less alone in a time when support is greatly needed.
A Partner is as equally important as a Mentor. A Partner can be a survivor, caregiver, spouse, child and/or sibling. A Partner is a person who is new to the world of Acquired Brain Injury. It is a great opportunity to learn from someone iwho has been there.i
All Mentors and Partners are screened. The Mentor must complete a day of training, a police clearance and commit to a minimum of seven months. Mentors and Partners are matched based on individual preference and done as quickly as possible so the support can begin.
Support between the Mentor and Partner can be offered over the phone or by email.
There is no cost associated with this program.