Peer-run respites are for individuals living with mental health or substance use concerns. These places offer a supportive, home-like environment during times of increased stress or symptoms.
The non-profit organization Gainesville Peer Respite works to create an accepting environment and sense of community for people dealing with mental health problems, as well as people who just need a break from the stresses of life. Led by certified peer specialists all of whom have suffered from some form of mental illness or addiction Peer Respite offers mental health assistance, often to those who otherwise would have limited access to counseling.
This website was created by Live & Learn, Inc. to provide the public access to resources about peer respites in the United States. The resources available on PeerRespite.net include the criteria and definition of a Peer Respite, the Peer Respite Directory (updated in 2018), the Guidebook for Peer Respite Self-Evaluation, and reports from the Peer Respite Essential Features Surveys conducted in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, which document nationwide trends in organizational characteristics and policies. PeerRespite.net also hosts a repository of research on peer respites.