Peer Support Programs
Peer support is an evidence-based practice. According to Mental Health America:
Peer support is the “process of giving and receiving encouragement and assistance to achieve long-term recovery.” Peer supporters “offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people with resources, opportunities, communities of support, and other people” (Mead, 2003; Solomon, 2004). In behavioral health, peers offer their unique lived experience with mental health conditions to provide support focused on advocacy, education, mentoring, and motivation.
Peer support is at the heart of what NOMV does! We have multiple programs for veterinary professionals seeking peer support including our Facebook Forums (which offers informal peer support for Veterinarians, Support Staff, and Students in private groups) and Lifeboat by NOMV (an anonymous, digitally dispersed, peer support network available to all in the veterinary community).