Can Peers Power the Mental Health Workforce of the Future?
As communities across the country set up new ways to respond to mental health emergencies and the federal government increases funding for mental health programs, the shortage of clinicians looms as a major barrier. One potential solution: training and hiring large numbers of peer support providers.Keep reading
Combating veteran suicides with peers, therapy, housing – and a little horse sense
Since 1974, Swords to Plowshares has helped veterans with PTSD or other problems find jobs, benefits and a place to live.Keep reading
Can Peer Support Help Unhoused Portlanders in Crisis?
Service organizations in Portland, Oregon, hope to expand a program that supports unhoused locals living with substance use or behavioral health challenges. The plan: employ six to eight peer support specialists to provide counseling services.Keep reading
Youthful Advisers Help Shape a Mental Health Program for Their Peers
A new peer support program, designed by its participants, offers standalone health and wellness sites to those 12 to 25.Keep reading
A Short-Term Home Where People in Crisis Can Avoid the Hospital
Nothing about the brown clapboard house a few blocks off Main Street in Cartersville, Georgia, suggests it’s anything out of the ordinary. There’s no sign, or bustle of people – just an American flag hanging from a post and boxes of white petunias on the front porch. The unassuming house…Keep reading
A Vietnamese Therapist, Himself a Refugee, Draws on his Experience to Assist Afghan Newcomers
As Paul Hoang watched the televised scenes of panic and chaos unfold at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan in August, memories flooded back to him. He remembered the stories of beatings endured by his father, who fought with the defeated South Vietnamese Army, his family’s perilous escape by boat in…Keep reading
Full of Mad Black Pride, She Tells Her Story and Helps Others Tell Theirs
Kelechi Ubozoh spent her childhood straddling two different worlds. She spent summers with her Nigerian father in New York, where she was born, and the rest of the year in suburban Atlanta, where her African American mother worked as a doctor. Today, she’s a mental health advocate, a convener and…Keep reading