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A Certified Peer Support Specialist’s Training Experience

A Certified Peer Support Specialist’s Training Experience

I completed certified peer support specialist training this year. Most states offer certified peer support specialist training. This is what it was like for me.

A certified peer support specialist is a person in mental health or addiction recovery that uses his or her personal experiences to connect with and help others. I work for a community mental health agency where I provide emotional support and knowledge of resources to others in recovery. Being a certified peer support specialist allows me to give back to my community.

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Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering Aids Your Recovery From Mental Illness

Volunteering aids your recovery from mental illness in many ways. Here's how volunteering can get you through tough spots in mental illness recovery.

Volunteering aided my recovery from mental illness when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and bulimia in my early 20s. I volunteered for my local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter, and it soon became a great opportunity that helped me take back my life and even lead to an internship. Here are five ways that volunteering can aid mental illness recovery that I discovered during my time at NAMI.

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Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental Health Crisis Text Line Advantages

Mental health crisis text lines have advantages over phone conversations when you need to talk. Consider these three mental health crisis text line advantages.

There are three advantages to mental health crisis text lines. Recently, a mental health consumer organization in the greater Indianapolis area started a mental health crisis text line–the 13th such text line in the nation. Also, there is a national mental health crisis text line at 741741 (Suicide Chat Hotline Options). This made me think about three advantages to crisis text lines and how they help mental health consumers in crisis.

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Childhood Mental Disorders Are Not Always the Parents’ Fault

Childhood Mental Disorders Are Not Always the Parents’ Fault

Childhood mental disorders are not always the parents’ fault. When I graduated from college, my mother dragged me to see a Christian psychiatrist who she was convinced could fix me. She asked the psychiatrist what caused my borderline personality disorder (BPD). The psychiatrist looked her in the eye and explained that BPD is caused by poor parenting. That is not always the case, and we as a society need to change our attitude that childhood mental disorders and illnesses are somehow the parents’ fault.

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Domestic Violence Issues in the LGBTQ Community

Domestic Violence Issues in the LGBTQ Community

Last week was National Crime Victims Rights Week, and while at a rally, someone gave me a pamphlet on domestic violence issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexaul, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community. While domestic violence can affect anyone and can take many forms, the unique forms of domestic violence in the LGBTQ community are rarely discussed. I will focus on three types of domestic violence issues: strict gender roles, access to safe places, and threat of “outing” without consent.

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Peer Support Crucial to Mental Health Recovery

Peer Support Crucial to Mental Health Recovery

Some years ago, the notion of peer support for the mentally ill became an important component of mental health recovery. The mental health community has embraced peer support as crucial to mental health recovery but how valuable is it?

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