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Compeer Niagara

Form a friendship that will change a life!

Compeer is the remarkable story of personal change brought about by the healing power of friendship. "Compeer" means a companion who is also a peer or equal. Those diagnosed with a mental illness may also experience the loss of self-esteem, the fear of failure, loneliness and the need to build support systems; this is where Compeer can help.

The Compeer Program recruits, screens, and matches trained volunteers and mentors in one-to-one supportive friendship relationships with children and adults. The goal of Compeer is to provide a caring friend who can offer support through social inclusion and mutual understanding.

Compeer participants must have a current mental health diagnosis and be referred by their Mental Health professional.

Compeer Niagara offers programs for adults and youth with a mental health diagnosis. We also have opportunities for volunteers who want to make a difference. Please visit the links below to learn more!

Go to Compeer for Adults

Go to Compeer for Youth

Go to Compeer Volunteer Program

New This Year: Parent Workshops - Open to All! See Compeer for Youth

About Compeer
In 1973, Compeer was founded by 12 volunteers in Rochester, NY. Now over 40 years later, the nationally recognized program serves people with mental illnesses around the world, with a volunteer force nearly 4,000 strong. Visit


MHA: The Information and Referral Specialists
Mental Health Association of Niagara County
36 Pine Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: 716-433-3780
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