Strengthening Awareness and Positive Regard for Peer Support Staff: Spotlight on Advocates

Date: April 22, 2019
Time to read: less than a 1 minute.

This provider spotlight features Advocates, a nonprofit organization located in Framingham, Massachusetts that provides comprehensive behavioral health and social services. The spotlight describes Advocates’ approach and strategies used to strengthen awareness and positive regard for peer support staff. Peer support staff are individuals in recovery from a mental health condition or substance use disorder who, with training, use their lived experience to assist others in recovery. Peer support staff may at times face challenges in the workplace such as a lack of acceptance and underlying stigma from their colleagues.