Mental health has always been an issue for many, but we have seen it skyrocket during Coronavirus times, with one Tuesday being Lifeline’s busiest day.
Peer support groups for mental health can effectively reduce the number of hospitalizations and suicides. Canada has its peer support program and its doing quite well. Victoria has that sort of program, and there is no fee.
But you usually have to be referred to that sort of program, and your GP can do that if you need it. Also, a range of mental health services can make that referral for you.
The peer support groups are run by volunteers who have had the same experience as you, so they know what you are going through.
What does the peer support group do?
They provide hope for someone that is experiencing mental illness on the path to recovery. Peer support looks at health wellness rather than the disability of that person. These people are like your friend. It is a volunteer program that lessens the amount of hospitalization needed and suicide. It can save the Government money in the long run.
Peer support during COVID
In New South Wales, Australia, $73 million has been provided to these services to meet the extra demand for service. In Victoria, it is estimated that the same amount would be offered due to the high intake of calls. Lifeline receives about 90000 calls a month, according to Mamamia.
If you have mental health problems, don’t wait until it’s too late. Do go and see your GP. If you are afraid of catching the virus from them, most of them will do telehealth.
If you can do volunteer for a peer support program near you. The benefits of this would be amazing, and you could make someone’s day.