Substance Abuse Mental Health Services (SAMHS) engaged Intentional Peer Support (IPS) to conduct an independent third party review of the Certified Intentional Peer Support Services (CIPSS) program’s policies, process, and training in December of 2014. The intended outcome of the review was to receive recommendations from IPS developers to inform future implementation of IPS training and peer certification in Maine. The overall purpose was to assure the quality and consistency of work being performed by CIPSS.
For people with a behavioral health diagnosis, the reality of stigma is all too familiar. They know from first hand experience how people react to finding out that someone they know has a mental health diagnosis. Individuals forget that they are dealing with a person, and begin to think in terms of negative stereotypes that work to define people with mental health needs as “other,” “abnormal” or “one of those people.”
In the sixth installment of the Recovery Stories series, people with lived experience talk about how they have dealt with stigma, and how it works to separate people with behavioral health diagnoses from the so-called “normal” people. The message shared by these individuals is that people with lived experience are people first, and deserve to be recognized for their humanity, not for their diagnoses. Please take a moment to listen to their thoughts, stories and insights, and share them to help break the grip of stigma in your community.
Do you want to learn about mental health recovery? Do you feel that your life isn’t going in the direction you want it to? Do you want your life to change and improve?
A Pathways FOR – U group is forming in your area!
Pathways FOR-U will help you get oriented to your personal journey of recovery, and will help you develop self-guidance, self-direction and self-motivation. In this peer led mutual self-help group, you will be guided though a series of discussions and activities that help you identify your strengths and find the resources you need to set goals and gradually build the kind of meaningful, interesting and full life you want.
Pathways to Recovery: A Strengths Recovery Self-Help Workbook
This 12-week workshop will help promote recovery in your life by increasing knowledge/education, finding satisfactory work/volunteer activities, developing meaningful relationships with others, achieving intimacy/enhancing sexuality, attaining higher levels of wellness and exploring spirituality.
Where?Tri County Mental Health Services, 1155 Lisbon St., Lewiston, Mural Room
When? Starting Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 1:30PM - 3:30PM
Who? Any person 18 or over who feels this may be helpful to themselves or others
To register or for more information please call us at the number below. Seating is limited to 15 people, so register early.
Alex Veguilla-Aponte or Dot Treadwell
(207) 783-4663 x 287
Developing Consumer Support Options for Attending Conferences
Every year, there are a wide variety of conferences, trainings and learning opportunities related to mental health, substance abuse, peer networks, trauma informed care, and other important behavioral health topics. These events typically invite the participation of consumers of behavioral health services, but unfortunately, there are some genuine barriers that can make it difficult for consumers to get to these events, fully participate and have their voices heard.
So how can individual consumers and consumer organizations find ways to enable the meaningful participation of consumers in conferences, trainings and other learning opportunities? To help answer that question, The CAFE TA Center has created a new white paper, Developing Consumer Support Options for Attending Conferences. It examines approaches that consumer run organizations, professional agencies and service providers, and individuals can utilize in locating and securing the necessary resources for expanding consumer participation in all kinds of conferences and events.