I've been employed as a Certified Peer Specialist (peer support) for almost a year and a half. Peer support is relatively new to my geographic area, and so is the concept of mental health recovery. I'm curious as to how many in this online community are familiar with peer support/peer specialists? How many have heard about mental health recovery? Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don't know that recovery from a mental illness IS possible. There are many tools to help: Medication, therapy, peer support, natural community supports, spirituality, journaling (and any thousands of other coping skills and hobbies), employment, volunteering, etc. What works for one person might not work for someone else, and vice versa. Some good web sites to learn more about mental health recovery are www.mhrecovery.org, www.mhrecovery.com, and nami.org. Happy reading!
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