I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
To me that means I am a model of mental health recovery. Recovery is not just an uphill climb. It twists and turns and mental health challenges usually come back to rear their ugly head every now and again. I want everyone to remember that NO one is perfect. Your life is what you make it. In light of what has been happening in my life lately, I could be sitting in the behavioral health unit of my local hospital, but I AM NOT. I have always been a big advocate for peer support because that is why I am here and why I do what I do in my life. It is my passion.
Just a few short months ago I learned some new things about not just a good friend of mine but a family member as well. That one little fact changed my way of seeing my situation. I went from feeling alone and that no one, not even my peers at work, or in my community could understand. I finally felt like I had the very specific support I needed in my life at that moment.
Like I have said in past posts I am a coordinator of a mental health Drop-in Center. I am surrounded by my mental health peers all day, and you are probably surrounded by a peer group all day as well. Peers are all around us. Other parents at your child’s school, and even sitting in the auto shop waiting for your car to be serviced. Every person you come in contact with probably falls into one of your peer groups. Keep looking for the right people, they will come into your life at just the right time.
Take advantage of every conversation you have, they are all potential learning experiences. Every problem or triumph in your life is an opportunity for growth and change.
Peer support is our friendships, our coworkers, and our family. Be thankful and give love and support whenever you can. The more love you give the more love you will receive.