What is Peer Mentoring?
A peer mentor empowers fellow patients to move forward with their lives after being diagnosed with ESRD. Peer mentoring provides support and increases the confidence that many new patients need, and offers patients access to someone who can understand their concerns. Your peers may get support from friends and family, but connecting with others who have similar experiences can offer added support.
What is the Role of a Peer Mentor?
Peer mentors can have several roles, including:
* Providing information
* Listening to concerns
* Sharing experiences
* Promoting positive behavior
* Offering encouragement
* Relieving anxiety
Who Should be a Peer Mentor?
Peer mentors can come from all backgrounds. Mentors should be individuals with positive outlooks on managing kidney disease. Individuals who are succeeding at achieving their treatment goals can provide insight to help others successfully manage kidney disease.