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Strength is within our community

We are blessed to have a community that compassionate cares for one another. 

What is peer support?

Peer support comprises various activities and interactions among individuals who have similar experiences. These shared experiences can be mental health challenges, substance misuse/addiction, medical conditions such as a disability or chronic illness, or significant life events like divorce or bereavement. Peer support offers a level of acceptance, understanding, and validation not found in many other professional relationships (SAMHSA).  Through sharing their personal experiences, peer supporters can assist others with developing strategies for self-empowerment, goals, and concrete steps in achieving those goals.  Peer support is not limited to times of crisis. There are peer support groups to help folks achieve professional and personal goals. 

Our Mission

We exist to bring awareness to suicide, mental health challenges and substance abuse problems with the membership of UA Local 393. Our goal is to normalize these conversations and nurture and environment in which members seeking help feel empowered to reach out, while providing training to those members that are willing to help.

Who Are We?

We consist of a diverse group from the UA Local 393 community, including members from all three piping trades, spanning from apprentices to superintendents, managers, PTTC instructors/staff, and business agents. We have all received a 20-hour suicide prevention and peer allyship training.  The 393 Peer Supporter hard hat sticker signifies to the community that this individual has received training and is a safe person to confide in.   

Congrats to Our 393 Peer Supporters!

UA Regional class for Advance Peer Support Training.  

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Our inaugural group of 393 peer supporters after a weekend full of training!

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Upcoming Training

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Peer Mentorship Within Our Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship program is a commitment and the transition of balancing on the job training, classroom instruction plus home/personal life can be difficult.  Our peer mentorship program within the apprenticeship pairs a more senior apprentice with apprentices that have just begun the program.  We hope to cultivate connections with incoming apprentices as well as provide them support/guidance.  

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