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Hope Is Real!: Intentional Peer Support vs. Advice Giving: A FaceBook Dialogue

Source: Hope Is Real!: Intentional Peer Support vs. Advice Giving: A FaceBook Dialogue

What Is Peer Support in the Mental Health System? | Don’t Call Me Crazy

Source: What Is Peer Support in the Mental Health System? | Don’t Call Me Crazy

Intentional Peer Support Week 1


My First One-on-One Appt. Went Well!

I had my first one-on-one session with my Community Peer Support worker today.  It went pretty well.  I asked her what was in her job description and she told me.  She can’t just drive me around like a taxi.  But we can go out for a coffee and chat about stuff.  She can accompany me to appointments if I really need moral support.  But it has to be something to do with Peer Support or else her supervisor won’t ok it.  She was supposed to see each of her clients only once every two weeks, but she’s been ok’d to see us once a week.  I feel a lot less anxious about therapy ending soon with my counsellor, knowing that I get to see my Peer Support worker every week now!

I’m still very worried about my daughter.  It’s supposed to be extremely cold all weekend.  I wish her and her boyfriend would find an apartment soon!  Her baby is due between mid-April and mid-May.  They really need to get a place ASAP!

Thanks again for reading / listening.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

Community Peer Support Appointment Soon!

In my area, we have Community Peer Support (CPS) workers.  You get one-on-one peer support about every other week.  They also work in the Peer Support Centres.  I’m being matched up with someone for Community Peer Support and I’m so excited!  I was so nervous about therapy ending eventually, but now I’m not so nervous, knowing that I’m gonna have appointments for Peer Support.

The lady I’m gonna be matched up with, I already know.  She runs a group which I attend regularly.  So that really helps.  We had a bit of time together one day as she was dropping me off from a group and we really enjoyed it.  We got along great!  I’m really looking forward to having this one-on-one Peer Support!

I’ll let you all know how my first appointment goes.  Till then,

— Joyce.

Celebration of Recovery 2015

IMG_0142Today I went to my second “Celebration of Recovery”  It was great!  They had guest speakers and a nice lunch.  They also had some of the people who use the Centres do some videos, which they showed throughout the day.  They had a few freebies again.  I grabbed some for my friend who was ill and couldn’t make it.  They talked all about Peer Support and Stigma.  They have redesigned their logo and made some changes within their organization.  They asked people what they would like to see in Peer Support last year.  So this year, they took that into account in doing the redesign.

They have a campaign called “The Elephant in the Room”  We have a small elephant.  If you display it, it means that people can talk freely with you about Mental Health without stigma or judgement.  I think it’s a great idea!  I have one in my home office and one on my keychain.  It should definitely get the conversation started about Mental Health.

The Team Lead from our Centre was sick today and couldn’t make it.  I hope she can make it next year.  I don’t know if the Centre will be open tomorrow.  It may be closed due to staff illness.  I really miss it when I can’t go there.  I find it really helps my mental health.

That’s all for now.  Till next time,

— Joyce.

Hope Is Real!: Recovery Is… The GA CPS Code of Ethics

Hope Is Real!: Recovery Is… The GA CPS Code of Ethics.

Why Being a Hermit Doesn’t Work | Write into the Light

Why Being a Hermit Doesn’t Work | Write into the Light.

Why Hire a Peer Specialist | Dealing With Emotions

Why Hire a Peer Specialist | Dealing With Emotions.

What Are Peer Recovery Support Services?

What Are Peer Recovery Support Services?

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WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

What is WRAP?  It’s a systematic plan to achieve and maintain good mental health, designed by Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD.

What are the 5 Key Concepts of WRAP?

  • Hope
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Education
  • Self Advocacy
  • Support

What are the components of WRAP?

  • Daily Maintenance
  • Early Warning Signs
  • When Things Are Falling Apart
  • When You’re In Crisis
  • After Crisis
  • Wellness Toolbox

There is also a Personal Crisis Plan, which includes:

  • list of supporters and relevant information
  • medications you are currently taking
  • signs your supporters need to take over for you
  • instructions for your supporters to assist them in your care until you are well again.

I encourage everyone to create their own WRAP.  I’ve done one.  Part of mine includes:  blogging, seeing my counsellor weekly, seeing my psychiatrist for medication regularly, going to the local Peer Support Center, etc.

My local Peer Support Center is running a closed bi-weekly WRAP Group, which I attend.  It’s my second time taking it.  You get even more out of it the second time around.  You’re always honing your own WRAP, due to changing circumstances, etc.

Would you like a WRAP Group started in your area?  For more information, go to:  http://www.mentalhealthrecovery.com/

TDM – Transitional Discharge Model (of Care)

What is the TDM?  It’s a pilot project by the Mental Health Support Network of South East Ontario Corp., where upon discharge from the hospital, a patient is matched up with a Peer Supporter.  The Peer Supporter can provide transportation to appointments, etc.  It’s for people in short- or long-term care.  The patient keeps in touch with a doctor from the hospital.

Right now, it is currently only being offered regionally in Kingston at Providence Care, a premier Mental Health teaching hospital affiliated with Queen’s University, as well as other hospitals in the region to start with.  Hopefully, the program will be a success and will be expanded to other regions as well.

I think that this is an excellent program for people with BPD!  Especially those who are not currently in treatment.  Without it, they will probably resort to self-defeating behaviours, since that’s all they know.  It becomes a revolving door pattern, in and out of the hospitals, ER’s, etc., always in crisis.

Instead, with this program, they will be supported in their recovery, breaking the chain of self-sabotage or self-harm.  They will see that they don’t need to use those behaviours to get help, that they can learn new skills to manage their emotions.  And that they will be supported through the process by someone who knows what it’s like to be a consumer of the mental health system themselves.  I believe that the Peer Support system is an excellent form of support, either on its own, or as an adjunct to seeing a therapist.

Do you think that this project is a good idea?  Would you like to see something like it in your area?  I’d love to hear from you!

– Joyce.


To learn more about Providence Care services and more, go to:  http://www.providencecare.ca/cms/sitem.cfm