Peer support is about giving and receiving help through creating a connection based on a mutual understanding of shared experiences. This can be informal or formal and it can also take many forms such as one to one support, face to face groups and through online platforms. Evidence suggests that peer support is highly valued by those who take part as it can improve how an individual feels and what they do.
New and established amputees can gain peer support from other amputees. We think this kind of support is very helpful because it offers personal experience, empathy and a deeper understanding of how another amputee is experiencing life and adjusting to limb amputation.
Peer support can take different forms:
Peer counselling involves communicating with another amputee or amputees individually or in a group. Sessions can be done face-to-face, by telephone or using online forums. Some of our different country members who are amputee associations offer different models of peer counselling in their national language. Find out more.
In 2016 we conducted a survey among our amputee association members towards creating Standards of practice for amputee peer counselling based on the results.
Story-telling is a great way to share experiences and inspire others. We have some great inspirational amputee stories to share with you and hope you enjoy reading them. Find out more.