Today is Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day! This is a day to recognize the amazing work peers are doing to help people with mental health needs, and to bring a message of hope and recovery to our mental health system.
This global day of recognition was created by the International Association of Peer Supporters in 2015. They have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GlobalPeerSupportCelebrationtDay.org where anyone from the peer support community can share their thoughts on why peer support, and the people that provide it, deserve to be celebrated.
This day also provides an ideal occasion to let people in your community know what peer support is, how it works, and why it matters. If you want some resources to help get that conversation started, check these links:
- SAMHSA http://www.samhsa.gov/recovery/peer-support-social-inclusion
- MHA: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/peer-services
- DBSA: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_training_learn_about_peer_specialists
Finally, CAFÉ TAC would like to take this moment to celebrate you! Whether you are a certified peer specialist, or someone that lives the values of peer support by practicing empathy, listening actively and believing in people’s strengths, please know that what you do is unique, important, and valuable. You deserve to be recognized!
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