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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?

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

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In fact in almost any of the medical conditions that involve psychological, psycho-social improvement, that’s critical in terms of learning from people who have gone through what you’ve gone through, or similar, or that they know someone. I have ... Show More

In fact in almost any of the medical conditions that involve psychological, psycho-social improvement, that’s critical in terms of learning from people who have gone through what you’ve gone through, or similar, or that they know someone. I have a person who I spoke to on the phone after discharge last week, and that person told me that a person who had a spinal cord injury 15 years ago, was telling him all the things that the team had mentioned — to expect it was real. So when he spoke of getting on a plane and on how you really have to prepare for that, he heard that before but now it was in reality. And it made that difference, he got it and he said, “I’m ready to maybe do that in the next year.”

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

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

More Videos by Sigmund Hough
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In fact in almost any of the medical conditions that involve psychological, psycho-social improvement, that’s critical in terms of learning from people who have gone through what you’ve gone through, or similar, or that they know someone. I have a person who I spoke to on the phone after discharge last week, and that person told me that a person who had a spinal cord injury 15 years ago, was telling him all the things that the team had mentioned — to expect it was real. So when he spoke of getting on a plane and on how you really have to prepare for that, he heard that before but now it was in reality. And it made that difference, he got it and he said, “I’m ready to maybe do that in the next year.”

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