Piki is a new service for the 18-25 year age group to support those with mental distress. Piki will launch in March 2019 and will include Peer Support provided by PeerZone.
Peer support is support given by and for people with similar conditions, problems or experiences. Peer support is based on hope, mutual relationships, sharing lived experience and role modelling for recovery. It can stand alone or complement other services. PeerZone is a Wellington based social enterprise providing one-to-one peer support and group peer support for this pilot. These services provide participants with:
‘When I first met my peer supporter, I was always at home, not going anywhere, not doing anything and everything was shut up. Now I am getting out three times a week and living for each day.’
‘I found it quite surprising. I have been doing so much more since my peer supporter has been coming in to see me. I feel more motivated to do things.’
‘The PeerZone workshops were awesome – they gave me my voice’.
Peer support works – especially in connecting people, motivating them and giving them hope. The evidence for peer support is growing more solid every year. Peer services show the same or better outcomes to traditional service delivery. Satisfaction rates are consistently higher and there is not one study where peer support has been shown to do harm.