WE OFFER A COMPELLING CASE FOR DIALOGUE
We believe in partnering with and having open dialogue between traditional mental health professionals and mental health consumer/survivors/advocates about what deters and promotes recovery.
Peer support is an evidence-based practice that can be an integral part of mental health treatment. Peer support is considered a best practice by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The research shows that peer support services improve outcomes.
WHO ARE THE PEERS?
A Certified Peer Support Specialist is an individual who uses his/her/their lived experience in recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder, and skills learned in formal training, to deliver services promoting recovery and resiliency.
Peer specialists model recovery, teach skills, help with social connection, aid in system navigation, and offer supports to help people affected by mental illness lead meaningful and productive lives in the community.
THE ROLE OF PEERS
Peer support specialists can operate in a variety of settings including hospitals, emergency departments, drop-in centers, mental health courts, and prisons. Peer support specialists use different training and skills to support recovery in partnership with professionals (therapists, social workers, and psychiatrists).
CLASSES AND SUPPORT
We provide information and support for individuals and families affected by mental illness. We also offer peer-run classes and support groups for individuals and families. Contact us and we can connect you with the right person.
We will be providing fun activities that help promote social connection. Let us know if you would be interested in participating in activities!
PEP SQUAD (VIRTUAL)
The pep squad is a monthly meeting for those experiencing struggles with mental health and/or their family members. We will meet to discuss topics, support one another, offer resources, and plan community connection events.
We are active in advocating from a peer perspective for better services and supports for individuals affected by mental illness. We also advocate to have peers at all the tables where programs, services and system changes are being discussed.
We would love your help if you are interested in volunteering your time to teach a class or support an activity! Join our advocacy efforts by signing up here: