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In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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It can be fantastic if the peer is trained. You just can’t pull someone off the street with a spinal cord injury and say, “Talk with them! ” You want to know their background; you want to make sure that they’re comfortable.  Also realize tha... Show More

It can be fantastic if the peer is trained. You just can’t pull someone off the street with a spinal cord injury and say, “Talk with them! ” You want to know their background; you want to make sure that they’re comfortable.  Also realize that their story is their story, but they know some of the commonalities and how to connect. There’s nothing better than having someone who’s lived it, who’s done it say “It’s possible, if I can do it so can you,” and to provide some specific encouragement.  And you have to realize that usually peers are not trained to recognize depression, suicidality, serious problems.

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In what ways can peer mentors be helpful after a spinal cord injury?

Michelle Meade, PhD

Psychologist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

More Videos by Michelle Meade
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It can be fantastic if the peer is trained. You just can’t pull someone off the street with a spinal cord injury and say, “Talk with them! ” You want to know their background; you want to make sure that they’re comfortable.  Also realize that their story is their story, but they know some of the commonalities and how to connect. There’s nothing better than having someone who’s lived it, who’s done it say “It’s possible, if I can do it so can you,” and to provide some specific encouragement.  And you have to realize that usually peers are not trained to recognize depression, suicidality, serious problems.

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