Compeer promotes good mental health through meaningful friendships. Compeer was founded in 1973 and has become a model program as identified by the National Institute of Mental Health. Today Compeer Buffalo serves as the international headquarters for Compeer, supporting nearly 50 locations across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia.

Compeer Buffalo operates four core programs, each focusing on friendship and supportive relationships to encourage mental wellness. These include one-on-one volunteer mentoring, group mentoring activities, school-based mentoring, and Mental Health First Aid training.

The Compeer model of one-to-one support is an evidenced based program that was recognized in 2007 by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – a branch of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – as an evidenced based program under the National Registry of Evidenced based Programs and Practices (NREPP).