What do Peer Bridgers Do?
Peer Bridgers will be using their lived experience to provide support, guidance and hope to those discharging from the State Hospital. A Peer Bridger develops a relationship of trust with the participant. In developing this trust, the Peer Bridger may function as a role model, peer support, a mentor, a teacher, an advocate, and an ally as he or she communicates hope and encouragement.
Peer Bridgers help set the stage and lay the ground work for independence. Peer Bridgers work with the peer in identifying their skills and assisting in the development of skills that are needed to succeed in the community.
Peer Bridgers support the peer in establishing a wider circle of support in the community and enhanced social activities.
What is a Peer Bridger?
A Peer Bridger is a Washington State Certified Peer Specialist with their own lived experience with mental health challenges and are personally experiencing mental health recovery. He or she has addressed and overcome many of the challenges those being discharged from a state hospital may face, making him or her uniquely qualified to support individuals on their recovery journey.