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 by Parkview Community Health Improvement and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
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.
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.
Times, dates, and locations of support groups are subject to change. Please confirm group times, dates, and locations by contacting us.