It's 100% free, confidential, and does not involve any medical or psychiatric treatment. Peer support facilitators all have training in peer support or mental health. You can choose from 1-on-1 peer support, or to join a peer support group with others from a similar field/level of training.
Support is available for anyone in the healthcare sector, including:
Non-clinical health staff
"Very grateful for the peer support provided - the collegiate discussions, sharing of experiences, etc. My work environment can be very isolating especially during the COVID pandemic, and social interactions with colleagues at my workplaces have dwindled to a minimum.
"Being able to connect and chat on a regular basis with peers has been a lifesaver."
Andrew, Specialist GP
What happens after I sign up?
Expect a brief call from our triage team, who will ask about your preferences and motivations, in order to find a person or group that best suits your needs.
You'll receive an email formally welcoming you to the Hand-n-Hand network.
Finding a peer supporter
We will find a peer supporter (1-on-1 or group) that fits your preferences. This might take some time, depending on the facilitators available.
You will be introduced to your peer supporter via email. From there, you can arrange a time/frequency to meet that best suits you all.
Need help right now? Please seek crisis support instead:
Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636