When people who have had experiences with emotional distress or trauma and give each other encouragement, hope, assistance, understanding and share resources to aid in recovery, it is called peer support. One of the most helpful things one person can say to (or hear from) another is "I've been there."
Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are trained to share their experiences in the mental health system and in recovery to effectively carry the message that "Recovery is Real!" CPSs share their lived experience, strength and hope with people using mental health services, mental health professionals, policy makers and others. A CPS can impact peoples' beliefs about their own capacity to recover and challenge assumptions about the capacity of others to recover.
DMH is proud to partner with the Transformation Center from October 2016 – October 2017 in celebration of a decade of Peer Support!
This information is provided by the Department of Mental Health