“Talking to someone who is genuinely hearing what you say, can understand, and has felt this way before; there’s a freedom in that beyond words.”
Drew, 22, sibling mentee
Back Up’s mentoring service, accredited by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation, links people with a spinal cord injury and their family members to volunteer mentors. These mentors come from all walks of life and have been through a similar experience to their mentees. They understand and can help you come to terms with what has happened and adjust to life post-injury.
Back Up mentors either have a spinal cord injury, or are family members – parents, partners, siblings or children – of people with a spinal cord injury. They have all been trained by clinical psychologists to effectively support others using listening skills, action planning and goal setting.
Mentoring is available to people of all ages, all over the UK. It’s not just for people adjusting to a new spinal cord injury, it could have happened some time ago. Most mentoring relationships consist of 10 sessions by phone. Mentors offer both practical advice and support with emotional issues:
Bladder and bowel management
Relationships and intimacy
Whatever you need support with following spinal cord injury, our mentors will be there to help you.