Peer Support

How a community-based approach to mental health is making strides in Zimbabwe

A lack of adequate mental health specialists to take care of the growing burden of psychiatric diseases in Africa complicates effective and efficient treatment. We developed an approach that involves lay health workers in local communities as well as the use of digital platforms. We called it the friendship bench.

Inside a prison, inmates deal with mental health

All 11 are members of the facility’s mental health peer support network, who serve at the front line of the prison system’s mental illness problem. “These individuals self-disclose as having a mental illness and are in recovery,” said Lynn Patrone, a mental health advocate for the state Department of Corrections. “So they have opened themselves Read more

Nonprofit First In US To Pilot Preventative Mental Health Program

The evidence-based program screens adolescents for personality traits, which can indicate higher risk for substance abuse or a mental disorder. University of Montreal PhD Candidate Jean-Francois G. Morin, who is working to train Overdose Lifeline, says kids are then placed into five categories and invited to participate in discussion groups.

Corpus Christi gets first support group for women with postpartum depression

The maternity wards at all Christus Spohn Health System hospitals have worked over the last two years to better support new mothers through their postpartum period. Each mother delivering her child in a Christus Spohn Health System hospital undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to registered nurse and patient educator Amy Weinhoff.

In Texas, People With Mental Illness Are Finding Work Helping Peers

Recovery coaches and peer mentors have for decades helped people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs. Now, peer support for people who have serious mental illness is becoming more common, too. Particularly in places like Texas, where mental health professionals are in short supply, paid peer counselors are filling a gap.

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