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UNC-Chapel Hill Peer Support Core Reflects on Impact of Inaugural Year
Annual report highlights strength of peer support programs across campus
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Peer Support Core, a UNC-Chapel Hill focused organization charged with “increasing resources for programs focused on peer-to-peer support, non-crisis support and discussion” as outlined by the UNC-Chapel Hill Mental Health Task Force.
In honor of this milestone, the Peer Support Core has released its 2020-2021 Annual Report that highlights the impact made on mental health and wellness.
“I am grateful for their collaboration with schools and units to create a university-wide culture of mutual support and understanding,” said University Provost Bob Blouin. “Building on the strengths of existing programs…
Peers for Progress will facilitate sharing of ways peer support may be used in the worldwide effort against COVID-19. In the news, we’ve seen a few cases where peer support has been mobilized to help communities impacted by COVID-19, but we think that’s only a fraction of the unrecognized work that people are doing.
We want to know how your group / organization has used peer support to help your communities during this public health crisis!
If you have a recent experience, please share your story in the comments below. Feel free to include links to more details such as forms or protocols.
In their New York Times piece, Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt write about the increasingly important role of peer support in modern health care.