What is a Peer?

Peers are BHN staff with “lived experience” of mental health or substance use disorders and are essential to many BHN programs. Peers use their experiences to provide support to individuals and families in similar circumstances. They help navigate care systems, providing emotional support from the perspective of someone who “has been there.”

What is a Family Partner?

BHN Family Partners are parents or caregivers of a child with mental illness and are specially trained to assist, empower and coach parents as they navigate the mental health system on behalf of their child. Family Partners support the goals identified in the child’s care or action plans.

Use Your Experiences to Help Others. Become a Peer or Family Partner.