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Learn how VOA|ReST Can Benefit Your Organization and Employees
VOA|ReST can be customized for organizations and employee assistance programs (EAP) to serve specific populations as a way to build personal and professional resiliency. The partnership between Volunteers of America and Peer Support Solutions (PSS) means we deliver client-centric, online solutions with excellence, integrity and flexibility. Studies show that social support by peers can decrease morbidity and mortality rates, improve self-efficacy, and increase self-reported health status and self-care skills. A study in 2015 by PSS demonstrated that their video-based peer support meetings could reduce the severity of depression by 33%.
Whether you're at a small business or a global corporation,
we'll provide the solutions and services your team needs.
- Moral Resilience Education & Consulting
- ½ day Resilience Strength Training Workshops
- Facilitator Training and Certification
- Online Peer Support Groups
- Turnkey access for employee engagement
- API technology for integration and usage tracking
- Customization for specific populations and schedules
- Tailored for schedules
- Facilitator training, scheduling and quality management
- VOA|ReST certified facilitators
- Usage reporting and analytics
- Regular client check-in meetings and reports
VOA|ReST has been customized to address the trauma, grief, guilt, shame and isolation experienced by older Americans who have fallen victim to financial fraud and scams. Every day, over 300 people call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Hotline. Volunteers answering the calls are trained to provide guidance and referrals to help callers with avoiding or recovering from fraud, but they do not have the resources to help people process their moral distress. Now, with VOA|ReST, callers are able to be registered immediately for online VOA|ReST support, where they can join a session nearly any day of the week to connect with others who are going through the same demoralizing experiences. In one hour, these individuals have the opportunity to join a community of peers, share their personal story, reflect, and find a new outlook that comes from a place of strength and connectedness.
The American Medical Association and American Hospital Associations both list peer support programs as a key component for creating a resilient organization. “Studies have shown that in such times, most physicians prefer to receive support from colleagues rather than mental health practitioners, and talking with colleagues after medical errors has been shown to positively correlate with physician resilience. While some may also wish to seek professional mental health treatment, there may be cultural and sometimes structural barriers to receiving such services. Peer supporters can facilitate connections with mental health services by de-stigmatizing such services and facilitating access to them.” (American Medical Association, “Peer Support Solutions for Physicians” 2020
Before the pandemic, one in three adults in the U.S. ages 50 to 80 lacked regular companionship (National Poll on Health Aging), and 43% of community-dwelling older adults self-reported feeling lonely (Global Health Research and Policy). Social isolation, depression, and anxiety have worsened due to COVID-19 with a study finding 73% of older adults reporting feelings of loneliness just one month into the pandemic (U.S. Senate testimony). VOA|ReST is a resource partner of Far From Alone, helping older Americans stay more socially connected (and less lonely), which can ultimately improve overall health.
Research has shown that police officers suffer from higher rates of mental health disorder diagnoses compared to the general public. One key reason for the elevated levels of suicide and other mental health issues among police officers is believed to stem from the stigma associated with seeking help. Recent research revealed that peer support is more than just a “conversation”; rather, it contributes to enhancing mental health literacy among police officers, and it significantly contributes to stigma reduction (Milliard B. Utilization and Impact of Peer-Support Programs on Police Officers' Mental Health. Front Psychol. 2020)