A peer worker is a person in recovery who has been trained to provide non-clinical, strengths-based supports to people experiencing similar challenges. Peer workers offer direct social and emotional support, help forge connections to clinical care and community resources, and share hope that recovery is possible.
A growing body of research shows the support provided by peer workers benefits people in or seeking recovery in many ways. Peer workers also help behavioral health organizations get better at what they do. Whether organizations employ peers or partner with peer-run organizations, they improve their own capacity to effectively engage and support people living with behavioral health conditions–ultimately improving outcomes.