The MSFriends program connects you with volunteers living with MS. The common bond of living with MS creates a unique connection. MSFriends volunteers complete a rigorous screening and training program and are focused on the needs of those who reach out for support.
Benefits of an MSFriends peer connection include:
- Confidential conversations at times convenient for you.
- Connecting with volunteers who know first-hand what it is like to live with MS.
- Building your network of friends – you don’t have to face MS alone.
The MSFriends helpline connects interested individuals with volunteers living with MS for 1:1 peer connection via phone. MSFriends provides confidential conversations by connecting you directly to volunteers who know first-hand what it is like to live with MS. Volunteers are available by calling 1-866-673-7436 (1-866-MSFRIEND); 7 days a week, 9 a.m. – 12 a.m. ET.
The MSFriends paired program connects interested individuals to trained volunteer via a pairing process based on selected criteria. These connections meet via phone, email or video calls based on a mutually agreed upon availability for 6 months. Email PeerConnections@nmss.org to receive an application.
For more information, check out the MSFriends Informational Flyer.
This program is not intended to provide individuals with crisis support. Severe depression can be a life-threatening condition because it may include suicidal feelings. One study found that the risk of suicide was 7.5 times higher among persons with MS than the general population. If you are having thoughts about harming yourself or feel you are at risk of hurting yourself or someone else, call the National Crisis Hotline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). For an emergency, call 911.