You aren’t alone! Talk to someone who’s been there.
NKF PEERS is a peer mentoring program, where kidney patients are connected via phone with trained mentors who have been there themselves. Peer mentors can share their experiences with dialysis, transplant, or living kidney donation with you.
Who is NKF PEERS for?
I have kidney disease and need help.
Are you coping with kidney disease? Do you have questions, need support, or simply want to talk with someone else with kidney disease?
We can help! We can connect you with another kidney patient to talk about kidney disease, dialysis, transplant, or living kidney donation.
I am thinking about donating a kidney and want to learn more.
Are you thinking about donating a kidney to someone who needs a transplant? We can connect you with someone who’s already become a living donor.
Living donors can share what it’s like to donate and give you the resources and support that you need. They can also support you after donation
I’m doing well and want to help others.
Are you a kidney patient or living donor who’s doing well and who wants to help people in this program? You could become a Peer Mentor!
All Peer Mentors must complete a Mentor Application and a 4-5 hour virtual training.
How it Works:
Fill out the brief Participant Form so we can find out more about what you need.
We’ll find the right person to talk with you, based on your personal situation.
You’ll connect with them through a toll-free, confidential phone system, one-on-one.
Watch to Learn More
Hear from a mentor and mentee on their relationship through the NKF Peers program.
FAQ for People Needing Support
Who is this program for?
The program offers support to kidney patients in any of these situations:
It also offers help to people who are thinking about donating a kidney to someone, and to people who have already donated a kidney and need information or support.
Who will be helping me?
How will this program help me?
Through this program, you can:
How does the program work?
Will I be talking to someone one-on-one?
Can my Peer Mentor recommend a doctor for me?
Is it private?
Prefer connecting online? Connect with others here!
Find materials about NKF Peers for your patients.
Depression is common in people who are on dialysis and can affect kidney health, as well as overall well-being. Learn more at pcori.org.