MS affects everyone differently- that’s why it is important to have someone you can count on to support you in the way that YOU need.
Through the Peer Connections program you can search for and connect with a peer support volunteer who has “been there” and can provide you with helpful tips, suggestions and emotional support for the challenges that MS throws at you. Peer Connections volunteers have been through a rigorous screening and training process.
What are the benefits of a Peer Connections relationship?
You can pick your own peer from a list of trained peer support volunteers from many different walks of life.
Connect with your peer which ever way works best for you, email or telephone.
Have confidential conversations with the same peer about the topics most relevant to your life.
How do I connect?
Go to the Peer Connections page and search for a peer by clicking here.
For more information about peer connections, or to talk to someone about choosing a peer, contact an MS Navigator at 1-800-344-4867.
How do I volunteer?
The qualifications to be a Peer Connections volunteer include:
- Personal relationship to MS (person with MS, partner or family member of a person with MS)
- Strong listening and communication skills; empathetic listener
- Basic knowledge of multiple sclerosis, symptoms and management
- Knowledge of and access to the Internet
- Dedication to the mission of the National MS Society, and a desire to make a difference for those living with MS
- Available to provide support to at least one peer at any time for the duration of one year
- Participation in continuing education offered to connections volunteers
To learn more about volunteering with the Peer Connections program please contact the program manager at PeerConnections@nmss.org.