Stay calm. Relax. Don’t cry. Why are these our first instincts when faced with a person in difficulty or crisis? Peer support is all about listening and being with someone in a moment of stress or distress. The peer supporter is not responsible for fixing the peer in distress. The goal is to avoid server and served, expert and client or healthy and sick person. Eliminating hierarchy allows peers to trust, listen, and set boundaries for themselves.
I can ask you questions and you can choose to answer or not. And we can have a good laugh about it, because we can’t fix each other!