Peer Support Training Program and Evaluation
Location: Washington State
Growing Veterans empowers veterans to grow food, communities, and each other. They aim to improve veterans’ lives and mental wellbeing, and to end the social isolation that can have dire outcomes for veterans, by creating a national peer support culture and capability. Peer support is evidence-based and a mental health best practice. The Bob Woodruff Foundation grant to Growing Veterans will support four peer support sessions, producing a total of 60 newly qualified peer supporters, who will return to communities and serve approximately 1,500 veterans in need. Additionally, BWF’s grant will permit Growing Veterans to conduct an evaluation of their peer support program to confirm and improve its efficacy and develop an exportable curriculum.