Available in Bartow, Floyd, Gilmer, Polk and Whitfield counties
Peer Support Services provide a safe environment for individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues to meet and provide mutual support. The program offers structured activities that promote socialization, recovery and wellness, self-advocacy, development of natural supports and community living skills. Peer Support Services help each person develop and work toward achieving his or her specific personal recovery goals and live as independently as possible.
The Peer Support program empowers each individual to be the director of his or her recovery process. Each individual provides input about group discussions and activities, education topics, guest speakers and more. Activities include peer support meetings, educational seminars, community outreach projects, meals and snacks, art and other recreational activities, and planning/feedback committees.
Each Highland Rivers Peer Support program offers at least two different group options at the same time in different rooms. Individuals choose which to attend based on their recovery plans and goals. Guest speakers are regularly invited to discuss community resources and provide education on a variety of topics. Peer Support services usually operate at least four hours per day, and at least three days per week.
What Peer Support provides
• Peer counseling and role modeling
• Group counseling and discussion (daily living skills, self-advocacy, coping, etc.)
• Education (nutrition, exercise, household tasks, community safety, mental illness, etc.)
• Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) development
• Employment readiness and support
• Linkage and referral to other community resources
Who the Peer Support program is designed to help
The Peer Support program is for adults 18 and over with a serious mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder (addiction) with any of the following:
• Require and will benefit from support of peer professionals to learn or enhance skills to manage symptoms and use community resources
• Need assistance developing self-advocacy skills to reduce dependency on the mental health system
• Need assistance and support to prepare for a successful work experience
• Need peer modeling in order to take increased responsibility for their recovery
• Need peer support to develop or maintain daily living skills
For more information about Peer Support Services or to refer someone, contact the clinic location nearest you: