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Compassionate Friends looking for new peer support providers

Written by: Neo Koza

A mutual self-help organisation offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents is calling on the mentioned individuals to apply for a position as a peer supporter provider.

The group Compassionate Friends, which supports suicidal people, says you have to have suffered a loss at least two years ago and would have to have some "grief work".

Compassionate Friends facilitator Debbie James says while it is likely that you will be triggered by other people's experiences, peer support providers do have some supervision.

You are going to be triggered when dealing with other people who are grieving. Our counsellors, who are with us, have supervision, we don't just leave them out there to go and talk to other people without a trained psychologist who helps them deal with those triggers.

Debbie James, Facilitator - Compassionate Friends

We are not counsellors, we are bereaved parents who offer support. The way Compassionate Friends works is that it's bereaved parents helping other bereaved parents.

Debbie James, Facilitator - Compassionate Friends

Visit www.compassionatefriends.co.za for more information.

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This article first appeared on 702 : Compassionate Friends looking for new peer support providers




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