January is National Mentoring Month

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on January 06, 2017 # Peer & Family Support Program Spotlight

Celebrate National Mentoring Month with the Reeve Foundation’s Peer & Family Support Program (PFSP).

The awareness program was launched in 2002 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. Throughout the month, the PFSP will be raising awareness of the benefits of mentoring for people living with paralysis, their family members and caregivers. We will be sharing blogs, testimonials from our peers who are receiving mentoring, information on the program and how to get involved, and more.

The PFSP has provided free support, advice and information to over 5,700 people living with paralysis and their family members through a national peer-to-peer network. All of our mentors are either living with paralysis or are the family member or caregiver of a person living with paralysis. Peers decide what topics to discuss with their mentors, how they will meet (in-person or by email, text, phone call or video chat) and the frequency and length of encounters. We match our peers with mentors who are of the same gender, age, cause and level of paralysis and any other factor that is important.

We want to make sure that everyone who is living with or impacted by paralysis has access to someone who can answer their questions, provide support and guidance and help them locate resources. We provide mentoring to those who are newly injured as well as those who have been living with paralysis for a number of years and are navigating life transitions such as becoming a parent, going back to school or aging with paralysis.

Please join us in celebrating National Mentoring Month by looking for the special content from the PFSP on the Reeve Foundation’s social media platforms with the hashtag #ReeveMentors. If you would like to request a mentor, please click here to access our online request form or call 1-800-539-7309

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