Strengths of Peer Support

Peer support is more than just a profession, it is a revolution that has only just begun. The movement was driven by consumers of mental health services since its infancy and continues to advance through widespread support from service users, advocates, families, and communities. Peer support workers are powerful role models, mentors and advocates who inspire hope in those with whom they work, while fighting the good fight against the deficit-based medical paradigm.

Peer Support: Defining the Peer Relationship

Peer support is a unique and often misunderstood role in the mental health and addiction recovery field. The traditional counselor-client relationship is rooted in a medical model for recovery that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of illness. Doctors, psychiatrists, and other professionals maintain hierarchical relationships with their clients. The professional is an authoritative figure who serves to direct the person’s recovery and the client is an object of treatment.

Rethinking My Game Plan

Good evening my fellow rebels. Are you ready for the return of the boomerang? I been waiting for this moment for all my life. And I can feel it coming like a beautiful disaster.

Pulling it Together (Journal Entry)

I’ve been holding back on posting anything on social media for the past seven months or so. I was debating whether to post anything at all, but since I’m back on my poetry kick lately I guess it couldn’t hurt to write a quick update about where I’m at in this point of my recovery.