A Companion for the Journey
Your world has been shattered, and it feels like no one could possibly understand. It may even feel as if those around you have moved on with their lives, while you are alone. There is someone who understands and is ready to listen — your TAPS Peer Mentor.
TAPS Peer Mentors have experienced similar loss but are further along on their grief journey. They remember what those early days were like and now want to reach their heart out to you. They are prepared, through TAPS Peer Mentor training, to be a source of companionship, understanding and hope for you.
Is a peer mentor right for me?
We recommend everyone new to TAPS consider connecting with a peer mentor. Grief is overwhelming. Your peer mentor is a valuable resource in those early days of understanding the day to day of grief. You may not need your peer mentor for long. Or you may bond with your peer mentor for life. Whatever the needs of your grief journey, your peer mentor ensures you never feel alone.
Are peer mentors mental health professionals?
No. TAPS Peer Mentors are surviving military family members just like you. They have completed TAPS Peer Mentor training and now volunteer their time to connect with and support other survivors. They are not mental health professionals and have no formal clinical training, but they understand better than anyone else your grief, and they will walk beside you for as long as you need.
How am I matched with a peer mentor?
The TAPS staff match mentors and mentees based on similar experiences, same relationship to the fallen hero (e.g. spouse, parent, sibling, adult child, etc.), the same manner of death, similar family structures, and any other unique circumstances that may lend themselves to mutual understanding and support. You can be assured when your peer mentor reaches out to you for the first time that they uniquely understand many of the feelings and issues you are facing.
Request a Peer Mentor
You don’t have to walk this journey alone. There is someone ready to help and listen. Apply now for your TAPS Peer Mentor by filling out a request form.
For any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).