With Auckland in Level 3 restrictions, and the rest of the country in Level 2, Te Pou offices are now closed. However, our team is working from home, and can be contacted by email or phone as usual - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

With Auckland in Level 3 restrictions, and the rest of the country in Level 2, Te Pou offices are now closed. However, our team is working from home, and can be contacted by email or phone as usual - see our staff contact page for details. Stay safe everyone.

Peer workforce values

All peer workforce roles are defined and underpinned by values intrinsic to the consumer rights, self-help and recovery movements spanning mental health and addiction. There are six core values necessary for the peer workforce. The values of mutuality and experiential knowledge are particularly important.

Values

  • Mutuality: The authentic two-way relationships between people through ‘the kinship of common experience’.
  • Experiential knowledge: The learning, knowledge and wisdom that comes from personal lived experience of mental distress or addiction and recovery.
  • Self-determination: The right for people to make free choices about their life and to be free from coercion on the basis of their mental distress or addiction.
  • Participation: The right for people to participate in and lead mental health and/or addiction services including in the development or running of services as well as in their own treatment and recovery.
  • Equity: The right of people who experience mental distress and/or addiction to have fair and equal opportunities to other citizens and to be free of discrimination.
  • Recovery and hope: The belief that there is always hope and that resiliency and meaningful recovery is possible for everyone.