Compeer, Inc., is an international, non-profit organization that seeks to help people overcome the effects of mental illness through the power of friendship. The founding Compeer program was established in Rochester, New York[1] in 1973 by Bernice W. Skirboll. It is a volunteer-based program in which adult men and women volunteer to regularly spend time with an adult or youth who is receiving mental health services. The goal is to provide supportive friendships for people in mental-health care, typically as a complement to therapy, in order to help and support them on their journey of recovery from mental illness.

The National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program in 1982 and helped fund the development of similar programs throughout the United States. Today, Compeer is an international mental health organization, with approximately 5,000 volunteers at nearly 100 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.[2]


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  • Compeer — Com*peer , [OE. comper, through French fr. L. compar; com + par equal. See {Peer} an equal, and cf. 1st {Compare}.] An equal, as in rank, age, prowess, etc.; a companion; a comrade; a mate. [1913 Webster] And him thus answer d soon his bold… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compeer — Com*peer , v. t. To be equal with; to match. [R.] [1913 Webster] In my rights, By me invested, he compeers the best. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Compeer — Com*peer , Compeir Com*peir , v. i. See {Compear}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compeer — index associate, colleague, consort, contributor (contributor), copartner (business associate), partner, peer …   Law dictionary

  • compeer — early 15c., from M.Fr. comper, from com with (see COM (Cf. com )) + L. parem equal (see PAR (Cf. par)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • compeer — [käm′pir΄, käm pir′] n. [ME & OFr compair < L compar: see COM & PAR1] 1. a person of the same rank or status; equal; peer 2. a companion; comrade …   English World dictionary

  • compeer — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French cumpere, literally, godfather, from Medieval Latin compater, from Latin com + pater father more at father Date: 13th century companion II. noun Etymology: Middle English comper, from Anglo… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compeer — /keuhm pear , kom pear/, n. 1. an equal in rank, ability, accomplishment, etc.; peer; colleague. 2. close friend; comrade. v.t. 3. Archaic. to be the equal of; match. [1325 75; ME comper < MF. See COM , PEER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • compeer — noun the equal or peer of someone else; someone who is a close companion or associate of someone else …   Wiktionary

  • compeer — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [A comrade] Syn. companion, comrade, consort; see associate , friend 1 . 2. [One of equal rank] Syn. peer, match, colleague; see equal . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun One that is very similar to another in rank or position:… …   English dictionary for students

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