Counselor Abraham Samaniego is currently seeing about 45 patients up to twice a week. He can relate to some of his patients because he once attempted suicide.
As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online support groups. All of this was long before I reached recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.”
I was lucky enough to speak with Golzar Selbe Naghshineh about how and why she started Network for the Advancement of Perinatal Support (NAPS) and to get the scoop on how the program works. Inspired by her extensive experience as a postpartum doula, Golzar started NAPS following an experience supporting a mom with postpartum depression.
Mountain Respite Camp is intended as both an escape from the challenges of living with a psychiatric disability and an opportunity to bond with people who are strangers yet know intimately what everyone else is going through. While the largest group of campers hailed from Orange County, others came from the Los Angeles area and Read more
Project counters lack of mental health care by helping migrants to teach coping skills and offering asylum seekers a listening ear.
The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System hosted a mental health summit at the Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Friday. The event drew almost 100 people, including members of groups helping veterans.
The Concrn app debuted in San Francisco. Experts see some benefits to the new product but say more needs to be done to make it effective.
Leaders from twelve Texas cities gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about a new model of success for adults living with mental illness. It’s called the Clubhouse movement, and it’s helping people stay out of residential facilities, reconnect with family members, and return to the workforce.
The nonprofit app, which is currently in development, will instantly and anonymously connect veterans to other veterans who have been trained in suicide prevention and de-escalation. The veterans can then chat via text, phone, or video.
I’d like to share my experience with mental health, and that of others in the music industry, to demonstrate the commonality of mental illness, and how, as a scene and a community, we can support each other.
A community-based approach to mental heath, with an emphasis on mentors teaching resilience, is the key improving mental health for South Cantabrians, an advocate says.
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.
People with mental health issues need more than just suicide hotlines when a celebrity takes their own life
While there are many support groups, and options in terms of mental health services, people who are going through such a difficult time, experiencing such horrendous thoughts, need support from more than just people who are paid to be there.
Sad Girls Club goes beyond a traditional mental health resource — it is a community where women can come together, not only to discuss mental health but to hold space for one another.
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
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.
Satvik Sethi, a rising sophomore at SUNY Binghamton, is an international student from India who’s working to create a supportive community for people struggling with mental illness, both digitally and on his campus. To do so, Sethi is in the process of designing “Runaway,” an app where people who are suffering with mental illness can Read more
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.
peer counselors – In Harare and other cities in Zimbabwe, lay health workers known as “community grandmothers” meet with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety and trauma. Their meetings take place on wooden park benches outside health clinics.
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.
Though community health and population health strategies can target the same health issues, the approaches can differ. Community health programs often target ways to limit health inequities due to social determinates; while population health programs are more specific to at-risk patients.
“I think, moving to the future, we will have a new definition of psychological disorders. We’ll say, ‘We have work on this particular level of, let’s say, brain inhibition,’ or ‘We need to work on this metabolic aspect.’ And those will be treated and targeted differently.”
Texans with substance use disorders who work with a peer recovery coach for a minimum of 12 months remain abstinent or reduce their substance use, improve their housing and employment status and reduce their overall use of health care services, according to a new report from social work researchers at The University of Texas at Read more
According to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, compared to patients who were cared for by relatives in fairly good mental health, patients tended by family members in poor mental health died, on average, about 14 months sooner.
The approach involves lay health workers in local communities as well as the use of digital platforms. Patients diagnosed with a mental health issue are referred to the friendship bench where they are met by a trained community counsellor who offers them counselling.
Investigators at the University of Southern California believe a new care model can enhance the physical health and extend the lives of people with mental illness, who typically die 25 years earlier than the general population. In a study published in Schizophrenia Research, investigators suggest the magic bullet may involve peer navigators.
Youth Network Out Together, or YNOT, is a program of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. Its goal is to reduce health disparities between LGBTQIA+ youth and their straight counterparts by facilitating peer support for LGBTQIA+ youth in the Coastal Bend.