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We Support MS: Peer Counseling for the Greek MS Community


Building a Supportive Community for People with MS

The Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society (GMSS) has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and improving the quality of life for those affected by this condition. Recognising the importance of peer support, they have developed the innovative “We Support Our MS” psychosocial educational program in collaboration with the Hellenic Scientific Society of Peer Counseling (ESYOM). This program addresses the often-unmet need for emotional, practical, and informational support among individuals living with MS.

The Power of Peer Counseling

Extensive research highlights the therapeutic benefits of sharing experiences and offering support within a community facing similar challenges. Peer counseling fosters a supportive environment based on mutual respect, responsibility, and understanding. Participants can actively listen, communicate openly, and share concerns, leading to a sense of being understood and empowered. This aligns with the natural human desire to connect with others who share similar experiences, fostering a sense of solidarity and belonging.

The “We Support Our MS” Initiative

“We Support Our MS” creates a safe space for people with MS to connect, share experiences, and develop valuable communication skills. Through peer counseling, participants gain solace, understanding, and guidance from others who have faced similar challenges.

The program consists of 15 online group meetings designed to equip participants with knowledge and skills to navigate their daily lives with MS. Each two-hour session includes educational materials, experiential exercises, and facilitated group discussions led by experienced psychologists specialising in MS management.

The program was launched on April 1, 2024, and offers 15 weekly online sessions facilitated by three psychologists with expertise in MS care. The program is limited to 20 participants, ensuring a personalised and supportive environment.

We Support Our MS Peer Counseling Teleconference

Program Objectives

The program has two key objectives:

  • Personal Growth: Participants gain effective communication and counseling skills, enhancing their ability to interact with family, friends, and colleagues. Sharing experiences with peers fosters self-improvement through the acquisition of new communication strategies.
  • Mutual Support: The program fosters a supportive community where participants can share their experiences with others living with MS. Additionally, those who wish to can contribute by providing support to newly diagnosed peers, fostering a spirit of solidarity and volunteerism.

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