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About Us

We promote positive mental health.

Compeer develops and delivers evidence-based programs that support individuals on their journey to mental wellness. We engage communities and encourage them to offer their time and talents in support.

The Healing Power of Friendship

We surveyed our program participants, and here’s what we learned:
agree their Compeer Friend has a positive impact on their life
0 %
are more optimistic about the future
0 %
of adults are less lonely
0 %
report that they feel supported by Compeer
0 %
* Data compiled from the 2021 Annual Compeer Survey
Compeer knows that friendship is fundamental to mental wellness. We exist to support people living with mental health challenges on their journey to greater well-being by offering companionship along the way. We believe that everyone needs a friend. For someone struggling with loneliness and isolation — especially those of us with mental illness — a friend can make all the difference.
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Compeer's Founding

Bernice “Bunny” Skirboll founded Compeer in 1973 in Rochester, New York – several years after her life-changing auto accident. While times have changed, our core purpose has not. Hear from her in her own words about Compeer’s beginnings.
Compeer is an ally with the BIPOC community. While we know we are not experts, we are learning. We ask that you join us as we do our part to dismantle racism and the systems that support it.