There are so many of us out there who have suffered in silence, who understand pain, and who can offer incredible insight, education and skills to young people unable or unwilling to access help. This form of integrated health care/peer support is remarkably successful, as connectedness and relationships among isolated, hopeless youth are among the best form of help one can provide. We focus on 4 major areas: assistance in daily management, social/emotional support, linkage to clinical and community resources, and ongoing support.
We work with individuals every day who can't seek treatment due to insurance or lack thereof, financial limitations, family issues, stigma, geographic location, inaccessibility, cultural differences, and many other barriers. In addition, we also work with individuals who can access treatment, but who may have found it unsuccessful/prefer not to seek professional treatment for a variety of reasons. Low-income individuals are not the only people with mental illness who do not seek professional help. Some people's disorders make them too paranoid to talk to a professional. Some people are scared of the possibility of abuse from a professional. Some people have or believe they have disorders that are horribly stigmatized. Being able to talk to other mentally ill people is essential in management and recovery, as we are social creatures.
Project LETS can provide you with an individual, one-on-one Peer Counselor who's lived with a similar illness to your own + help connect you to a variety of resources.
Your Counselor has been extensively trained in Peer Support, Trauma-Informed Care, Suicide Prevention, Cultural Sensitivity Crisis Management, and Mental Health Wellness/Education.
- Create a personalized safety/relapse prevention plan
- Reminders regarding medication and appointments
- Cultivates their peers’ ability to make informed, independent choices
- Helps their peers identify and build on their strengths
- Access help/resources + learn how to interact with the healthcare system.
- Answer questions about mental illness to develop confidence and reduce stress
- Provide support in times of struggle and crisis
- Provide information relating to coping mechanisms and how to maintain recovery.
- Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
- Assists their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their goals a reality
- Affirming the individuality of people in terms of their lives and goals
- Adopting and working with the individual's perspective in living life, not just preventing disease
- Providing choices and information
- Collaborative rather than prescriptive
- Peerness: non-hierarchical and reciprocal relationships
- Sense-making: reducing the insecurity that people so often feel around health and health care
- Teaching practical skills when necessary, not just leaving the individual to struggle with complex and important things on their own
- Empowering people and building their self-efficacy