We’d put it right up there with food, shelter and clothing. In fact, we believe in the radical notion that emotional support shouldn’t be a luxury afforded to only the few. It shouldn’t be stigmatized. It shouldn’t be anything other than what it is—a basic human need.
Here’s a fun fact. Research shows that the best counselors aren’t the best because of the number of degrees they have hanging on the wall. They’re the best because they have an exceptional ability to be warm, empathetic and understanding when someone is in emotional distress.
Peer Collective was founded by Tim Desmond, best-selling author of "How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World", and Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Counseling Psychology at Antioch University. Tim collaborated with some of the most renowned psychologists in the world to develop the Peer Collective model. And here’s where it gets cool — the platform is based on the knowledge that attention from a caring human being is the single most important factor in creating positive mental health outcomes.
As we mentioned, being able to develop a technology that allows us to accurately measure which types of people will be amazingly empathetic to your needs is the key factor that sets Peer Collective apart. All Peer Collective peer counselors must score in the top 3% as well as pass a series of rigorous tests before being accepted to the platform.
Wishing and hoping certainly isn’t going to make the world a better place. And we’re not here to get political on you. But we do want to say that we are actively growing the caring economy by providing exceptional people with the ability to make a living wage while helping others. We believe that improving our society’s mental health can contribute toward a more sustainable and just world.