Having someone to talk to who has been on a neonatal unit and ‘gets it’ is an incredibly valuable way to reduce anxiety, stress and the worry parents face when they’re on their journey.
Our team of dedicated peer support volunteers #TeamLeos donate two hours of their time each week to support families on the neonatal unit at James Cook University Hospital. We aim to expand our peer support network to other neonatal units in our first two years.
Each peer support volunteer has had prior experience on a neonatal unit and can relate and empathise with parents and grandparents.
We know just how important it is to have that support, which is why we are so passionate about providing it.
There are many proven benefits to peer support including:
· Boosting self esteem
· Stopping parents feeling ‘alone’
· Helping to stop any mental health issues which may arise from being a parent on the NICU (e.g. PTSD, anxiety, post-natal depression)
· Allowing those coming in to offer peer support the ability to cope better with mental health issues / address underlying issues regarding the neonatal unit they’ve not dealt with
· Giving families an outlet to talk to someone impartial
Meet our James Cook peer support volunteers….
Interested in giving back and would like to join #TeamLeos peer support group? Sign up here