Road to Recovery: Peer Support - Experience Helps Others

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Peer recovery support in behavioral health is a powerful and essential component of the recovery process. Recently, however, recognizing the importance of peer support has led to more structured and intentional applications of this recovery support approach. For example, many peer "recovery support specialists" and "recovery coaches" have received training on the most effective ways to help peers in recovery.
Use of trained individuals along with other strategies for providing peer support is found in both mental health and substance use settings. Peer support is especially effective within certain groups, such as military service members and veterans, young adults, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. In some applications, online technologies facilitate peer support processes. This show also addresses the use of peer support in recovery community centers and recovery living settings.

Leah Harris, a nationally recognized leader in the consumer/survivor movement for more than a decade, is a mother, activist, writer, and a person with a psychiatric history. She is also the daughter of parents who were diagnosed with severe mental illness. They both died very young as a result of their disabilities. This depth of personal experience fuels her unstoppable commitment to ensuring human rights and a meaningful life in the community for people experiencing emotional distress and extreme states of mind. Currently, Ms. Harris is the communications and development coordinator at the National Empowerment Center. She consults on trauma-informed practice for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and on suicide prevention with the Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Stigma Elimination.
Ms. Harris will answer questions about the September Road to RecoveryProgram. Submit your questions by September 27. Answers from Ms. Harris will be posted on the Recovery Month website. Contact information for questions will be kept confidential. Contact us to submit your question.

It’s possible! Your event photos and videos may be included in a Recovery Month Road to Recovery Program! Photos can be uploaded directly to yourRecovery Month event listing. Simply log in and use the “Images” tab to upload your photos. Videos can be submitted via hard copy or email and must include a signed Materials Release Form. Contact us for information on where to send your video. Submit your materials no later than October 4, 2013.
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