Peer support services connect people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use challenges with individuals still working on getting well. Peer support specialists have walked a mile in their shoes, so to speak, and are able to offer guidance and support from the perspective of someone who has overcome similar experiences.

People with mental health challenges who are helped by peers tend to experience more thorough and longer-lasting recoveries (Vestal, 2013). Additionally, research shows that the use of peer specialists allows states to save mental health program dollars by reducing hospitalizations and other emergency interventions.

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana (MHANI) offers recovery courses, one-on-one mentoring, and peer-facilitated support groups. A mental health diagnosis is not a requirement for participation in any services. MHANI is proud to employ peers at all levels of the organization.

Peer support services are funded in part by Parkview Community Health Improvement.

Are you interested in becoming an Indiana Community Health Worker or Certified Recovery Specialist? Visit Peer Network Indiana, our website dedicated to those certifications, to learn more and apply for training.

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Support Groups

All support groups are facilitated by peers who have faced the challenge that the support group addresses. A mental health diagnosis is not required to attend. No pre-registration required.

Anxiety & Depression

For adults experiencing anxiety and/or depression.

Every Wednesday
6:00 – 7:30 pm

The Summit
Lower Level Conference Room

1027 W Rudisill Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Success with ADHD

For adults experiencing symptoms of ADHD.

First Thursday of Each Month
6:00—7:30 pm

The Summit
Lower Level Conference Room

1027 W Rudisill Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46807

Times, dates, and locations of support groups are subject to change. Please confirm group times, dates, and locations by contacting us.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Courses

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is an evidence-based recovery course that supports people experiencing high levels of stress and other personal challenges. WRAP is beneficial to anyone experiencing any kind of challenge, from a physical condition such as diabetes, to a mental health condition like depression, and everything in between.

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One-on-One Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring provides support, assistance in maintaining recovery, and shared problem-solving, with staff available to assist and provide connection to treatments and resources when needed. Trained peer support specialists assist community members with developing problem-solving skills, setting personal recovery goals, identifying and combating negative self-talk, building social supports, and learning how to self-advocate.

Peer mentoring is available prior to or after attending a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) course. Contact us if you are interested in being matched with a peer support specialist.

Interested in Being a Peer Mentor?

We are looking for volunteers to act as peer mentors for others. Please visit our volunteer page to learn more and sign up.