Peer Support Switzerland
A stroke of fate can change a whole life within seconds. People having experienced such a situation are sometimes unable to face the changes; the orientation in life is often lost. To find your way back in life, help and support are often needed.
In addition to professional help such as provided from doctors, psychologists or psychiatrists, MyHandicap Peer Support can also be a very valuable tool. These people have experienced a similar situation, and have also been confronted with a disability or an illness. Therefore, they know exactly how you and you family may feel.
Upon request, people with disabilities can be accompanied by a one of our Peer Support people, even shortly after the incident or illness. Peers can answer questions to which non-disabled people usually have no answers. And since all our Peer Support people lead a satisfied and fulfilled life, they can provide positive motivational insights into a possible future.
For the time being, this service is available only in Switzerland and Germany. However, if you wish to talk to a person who has gone through a similar situation, we will try to find a suitable person for you locally or put you into e-mail contact with one of our Ambassadors. Get in touch with us!
Are you personally interested in participating? In that case, we look forward to hearing from you.
Your MyHandicap Team
Phone: +41 (0)71 911 49 49
For people faced with an amputation, so many questions arise which a lower leg amputee like me might be able to answer. By being part of the MyHandicap Peer Support, I want to offer my support to people facing a similar situation.
After I lost my right leg through an accident, I felt left alone with the new situation. I did not know whom to contact to talk about my experiences. I would have been happy if I would have had the opportunity to talk with other amputees, especially about my phantom pains. With time, however, I managed to deal with the situation and maintain my optimism and positive attitude towards life. I would like to help people who are facing a similar situation so that they can also succeed.
Jva Marijana Goldstein
The work as a volunteer is for me an important contribution to the assistance of people who suddenly have to deal with a disability. Based on my own experiences (tetraplegia), I see in this work the possibility to support other people facing a disability in this difficult situation and give them new and positive perspectives.
Since my leg was amputated when I was 20 years old, I know about the difficulties people in a similar situation may experience. I am happy to offer my support to people who are facing a disability.
Quite a lot of questions suddenly arose when my leg was amputated. I would have been glad, back then, to have the possibility to get in touch with other people having experienced a similar situation. This is the reason why I am happy to offer my help and support to people having to face a disability.
Dr. Henry Hug
I have made myself available as a volunteer because I am really thankful that I am very well since the amputation of my lower leg (2008). I think that the visit of an affected person at the bed of a new patient can sometimes be more valuable than the help from a psychiatrist.
I have always looked ahead in my life. That has not changed since I became paraplegic in 2002. Meanwhile, I had plenty of time to get to know my new body, and in the everyday life, I “got used to” the wheelchair. If I can help a newly affected person with my personal experience, then I am really glad about that.
I have lost my lower leg in a totally unexpected manner, due to illness in 2006. The friendship with a young woman with a similar fate gave me a lot of confidence in this difficult time and helped me to find my way in my new life. With my work as a volunteer, I would like to bolster affected people so that they can look optimistically into the future!
I am paralysed from birth, and despite this mobility disability I have been very lucky in my life. For this reason, I want to give something back as a volunteer. I am a wheelchair user, I run my own household and I have worked for 30 years in the private sector. I hope to help people with my experience.
After an accident at the age of 13, I had to have my left forearm amputated. As a volunteer, I would like to share my experiences with people facing a similar situation.