Peer support is changing the landscape of mental health care.  In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, the power of peer support is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable tool in promoting mental health and overall well-being.  Peers validate feelings and experiences, share strategies, motivate, and provide emotional support. Who better to support an individual along their recovery journey than someone who has experienced it first hand. In mental health care, peer support specifically refers to the mutual exchange of understanding and guidance between individuals who have shared experiences.

Peer professionals have successfully navigated their own recovery journey and now extend a helping hand to others experiencing similar struggles.  Peer support is not meant to replace traditional mental health services, but rather complement them.  Peer specialists work hand in hand with mental health professionals, offering a empathetic perspective and expertise based on lived experiences. 


Peers advocate for individuals in recovery, provide practical assistance and share resources. They create a sense of community for recovery clients while mentoring and helping them set and achieve goals. Studies have shown that peer support enhances self-confidence and empowers individuals to take charge of their own recovery, making a better outcome after treatment which lessens rehospitalization and relapse rates.

By harnessing the power of shared experiences, peer support professionals inspire hope, resilience, and lasting recovery. Mind Springs Health and West Springs Hospital utilize Peer Support Specialists through recovery at the Women’s Recovery Center, the Circle Program, Recovery at Mind Springs, Crisis Teams, and Outpatient Care Programs. They do important work that adds to the success of our various services and greater organization.


Registration opens April 1, 2024.

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