Individuals with a brain injury as well as their family and friends, may feel the need for someone to talk to at any point after injury, from the acute phase to many years after injury.
People seek peer support for many reasons:
- They seek someone who shares the common experience of having their lives affected by a brain injury
- They want to talk with someone who has “been there”
- They need information about brain injury
- They lack information about resources in the community
- They seek emotional support, encouragement and coping strategies
- They want to decrease their sense of social isolation
The social mentor’s role is to help their peer partner develop satisfying social activities and relationships. The relationship between the social mentor and the peer partner also improves the quality of life for both individuals.