Why consider a peer support program in your workplace?
1 in 5 workers experience poor mental health each year.
80% of those do not access treatment due to stigma and shame.
Peer support programs can help change that.
Peer support programs help workplaces address mental health stigma and bring staff closer together.
What is the role of a peer supporter?
Peer Support augments your Employee Assistance Program.
The potential increase in workers accessing EAP, due to peer support helping increase their comfort levels to access further help.
How else can a peer support program benefit your workplace?
of employees are most motivated when they perceive that the connections with their peers are genuine.
increased revenue growth for companies where their staff report that there is a thriving culture.
decline in absenteeism for companies where staff are highly engaged and supportive of each other.
What to consider before implementing a workplace peer support program.
Peer supporters need adequate training to provide emotional support
Peer supporters must understand the boundaries of their role and when to encourage colleagues to seek professional help
Organisations should have appropriate measures in place to check in with peer supporters on their own wellbeing
Effectiveness of peer support programs should be measured to ensure peer supporters receive the recognition they deserve
Reporting of peer support programs need to be anonymous to maintain privacy and confidentiality
Organisations should make it easy to access peer support when they are working from home and in the office