As a society we can have a simplistic view of health. However, we know that many complex social factors have a significant impact on a person’s overall wellness. Many peer support workers have also been personally affected by social determinants of health. Understanding the social determinants of health equips peer support workers to understand and have empathy for others, and also serves as a guide in advocacy efforts.
Connection and relationship remain the overarching purpose of peer support. It’s not uncommon, however, for many peer support workers to find themselves sometimes in an advocacy role. This module is particularly useful for these experiences in peer support work.