The Need for Equity In Peer Support


Mental Health America’s “In Conversation With” series is a dialogue by peers, for peers that highlights topics related to the field of peer support. Peer support allows for individuals to give and receive encouragement from those who share their lived experience. It also allows individuals to move toward long-term recovery. Peers’ lived experience can be having a mental health condition. It can also include other characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, language, or even disability.

Even though peer support is beneficial, many who receive peer support experience discrimination. Peer specialists and facilitators also experience racism, ableism, misogyny, and transphobia. Studies show that peer specialists often experience microaggressions that impact their sense of self and leave them feeling isolated. In MHA’s recent BIPOC LGBTQ Peer Support Survey, peers described the various ways they experienced discrimination in relation to their race and sexual orientation.

Join Mental Health America in the second part of our “In Conversation With” series as we explore the need for equity in peer support. Here we will:
- Discuss equity in peer support.
- Identify the impact discrimination can have on peers.
- Explore how peer organizations can focus on equity and inclusion.

This webinar was originally conducted on August 5, 2021.

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