You don't have to face MS alone. Expand your supportive network along your journey with MS through the MSFriends program. This program connects you with a supportive, empathetic volunteer who understands life with MS and can say, “I've been there too.”
Typical conversations between MSFriends participants and volunteers include:
- Family and social dynamics
- Symptom management
- Changes to everyday life
- Adapting to a new normal
By joining the MSFriends program, you get access to confidential one-on-one conversations with trained volunteers on your schedule. MSFriends meet for up to six months via phone, email or video calls based on your preference.
If you would like to be paired with an MSFriends volunteer, please email PeerConnections@nmss.org to request an application. If email is not an option, contact an MS Navigator to complete the application over the phone by calling 1-800-344-4867, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.
For more information about this and other connection opportunities, check out the Peer Connection Opportunities Flyer.
This program does not 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.
How can I become an MSFriends volunteer?
MSFriends volunteers provide empathetic connection during confidential and consistent one-on-one conversations via phone, email, or video call for up to six months.
View the MSFriends Volunteer Job Description.
Once you’ve reviewed the MSFriends job description, if you’re interested in volunteering, email PeerConnections@nmss.org for more information and next steps.