Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Program
Peer Mentors Make a Real Difference
Research shows patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) who receive intensive peer mentorship have:
- Greater participation in peer-led self-care education classes
- More active engagement in rehabilitation
- Greater confidence in their abilities to manage
- Fewer hospital readmissions
Recently injured indivudals meet and talk with others with a similar injury level, age and lifestyle who are successfully living with a spinal cord injury.
- Role model to encourage greater independence.
- Demonstrate functional skills and activities patients think may not be possible and encourage sensible risk-taking.
- Share coping skills to effectively deal with problems.
- Serve as support so that patients/families feel less alone.
How Peer Support Is Done
- Self-care education classes
- One-on-one meetings
- Group meetings
- During therapy sessions
- During community outings
- On the phone and via FaceTime
- Social media
Patients/families decide the method of support based on their needs and preferences.
To talk with a peer mentor is to talk to someone who knows firsthand about living with SCI.
Peers Share Instight On:
- Activites of daily living
- Self-advocacy and resourcefulness
- Accessibility and mobility barriers
- Education and employment
- Recreation and leisure
- Managing relationships and feelings
- Intimacy and sexuality
- Attendant Care
- Effective use of time and energy
- Coping with self and body image
- Community resources
For more information contact Pete Anziano at 404-350-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org