You are not alone! Talk to someone who has been there.


Speak with a trained peer mentor who can share their experiences about dialysis, transplant, or living kidney donation with you.

Learn about Peers

No one knows how to best cope with kidney disease like someone who lives with it every day. This is why we created Peers.

How it works

Tell us about yourself

Get matched with a mentor

Connect with your mentor

Mentee form

Become a mentee and get matched with a mentor

Mentor application

Interested in becoming a peer mentor?

How can a peer mentor help?

A mentor can help other patients, sharing their story and experience with kidney disease. Listen to one person’s experience with our program.


Who is this program for?

  • If you were told you need dialysis or a transplant
  • If you have been diagnosed with CKD stage 4 or 5
  • If you are having a hard time on dialysis
  • Are considering home dialysis
  • Are considering becoming a living donor

Who are peer mentors?

  • Peer mentors are people living well with kidney disease, or living donors, who have gone through a comprehensive training program by the National Kidney Foundation
  • Peer mentors are not medical professionals and are not a substitute for any medical professional

Why peer mentoring?

  • Speak to someone who has been through a similar situation
  • Hearing someone’s story and perspective can help you adjust to what you may be going through

How does the program work?

  • After you complete your form online or call us at 855.NKF.PEERS (855.653.7337) we will connect with you and ask you some questions about yourself
  • You can choose to use our app to connect with your mentor, or we can help select a mentor for you
  • Your mentor will call you during the times you specify
  • The program is all held over the phone, so no need to go to another appointment or location

Are all connections one-to-one?

  • Yes, you are matched with a mentor, one-to-one, and connect over the phone
  • If you’d like to connect with a larger group, you are welcome to join our online communities

Can a mentor recommend a doctor for me?

  • No. Mentors will not offer medical advice or opinions, nor endorse or recommend specific physicians, healthcare providers, facilities, treatments or providers
  • Mentors are able to share their experiences, and how they have been able to live well

Is it private?

  • Yes, all information is kept confidential between you and your mentor.
  • There is an oversight clinician for the program

Online communities

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