PEER SUPPORT GROUP  - CHRONIC MENTAL ILLNESS

The Peer Support Group was formed for Community Counseling Center clients and for anyone receiving private services for mental health and/or alcohol or other addictions. The purpose of the Peer Support Group is to provide a venue in which peers feel safe in sharing personal information and common problems, while knowing that others present truly understand what they are struggling with and experiencing. Interactive group participation is highly encouraged. A Certified Peer Specialist facilitates group discussions revolving around depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, physical disabilities, addictions and other mental health diagnoses.

The Peer Support Group is an Open Group, meaning that anyone may join the group at any time. Average attendance ranges from 12 to 15 members. The Peer Support Group provides individual group support from the perspective of other consumers who are experiencing similar problems. Members act as role models for each other, and because members are viewed as equals, they feel more comfortable in opening up and talking about their stories of recovery.

The Peer Support Group sessions are held every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in the Harris Room at Community Counseling Center. Free, nutritious snacks and drinks are provided. Other activities, such as, summer picnics and group outings, are scheduled throughout the year.        

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