Peer Respite: A Home Not Just For The Holidays

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.

Peer Respites Action and Evaluation-

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 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. also hosts a repository of research on peer respites.