About Compeer

Compeer promotes good mental health among adults, youth, seniors, and veterans through supportive relationships. This non-clinical layer of support provides our neighbors with the care and support they need to reach their mental wellness goals.

We believe that the healing power of friendship, of just one caring friend, is life changing for an individual striving for mental wellness. 


Our Values

Respect • Trust • Hope • Support • Empowerment


Our Work

One-on-One Mentoring: The only program of its kind focused on mental health, our on-on-one volunteers are matched with youth, adults, older adults, and veterans for a one-year commitment.

Group Mentoring: Offered to matched friends and clients waiting to be matched, free group mentoring activities provide opportunities to get to build camaraderie, reduce isolation, and improve socialization.

Compeer Leaders: Serving middle & high school students with mental health challenges, who present risky or negative behaviors which contribute to academic failure and classroom disruption. Students meet weekly in small-group and one-on-one settings.

Mental Health First Aid: Teaching the community how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. This training provides the skills needed to reach out, offer help and support someone who may be experiencing a crisis.


Our Impact

2018 Compeer Buffalo Impact Report

2019 Friendship Report


Our History

Compeer was founded in 1973 in Rochester, N.Y., starting with just 12 volunteers. Today approximately 4,000 volunteers across nearly 50 Compeer locations worldwide support their neighbors living with mental illness or emotional challenges.

The National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program in 1982 and funded the development of similar programs throughout the nation. Today, Compeer is a model mental health organization with 50 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Compeer Buffalo is proud to serve as the international headquarters of Compeer.

Compeer is routinely recognized as a national model. Accolades include: the Presidential Recognition award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service award, the Presidential Volunteer Action Award, four Points of Light awards and recognition from the American Psychiatric Association.