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Congratulations Peer Employment Training graduates!

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The two-week Peer Employment Training held September 8-19th, was a smashing success! Facilitated by trainers from the Recovery Opportunity Center, the 75-hour class trained peers to work as Peer Support Specialists in the healthcare field.

The curriculum was divided into three sections:

Part 1 - Personal Development; Knowing Yourself, helps Peer Support Specialists become excellent role models of recovery.
Part 2: Turning Point; Preparing Yourself for Work teaches Peer Support Specialist how to connect with the people they serve, and
Part 3: Skill Development, identifies specific skills and practice opportunities in the workplace.

Topics and skills included; Telling Your Personal Story, Employment as a Path to Recovery, Ethics Training, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, and Partnering with Professionals.

Upon completion of the classroom training, students received a provisional Certificate of Completion, preparing them for internships and job interviews.

During the two-week class, the group developed a strong bond and celebrated their success with cupcakes and a presentation ceremony. Congratulations graduates!

 
Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

TTA LogoFinalWhat will you do when your friend needs help?

Will you know what to say and how to respond?

One in four adults suffer from a mental health disorder in any given year. If these statistics were for cancer, diabetes or heart disease we would label this an epidemic. Given that 3/4 of all mental health challenges begin between the ages of 14 and 24 young people depserately need to have this conversation. But how do you talk about something that has been in the shadows for so long?

Right now, across the country, young people are breaking the silence, using social media to talk about the elephant in the room.

On Monday October 6th, this conversation will go nationwide. 

Anyone, anywhere can join this vital effort. It's easy:

  1. Gather 3-4 people and text START to 89800
  2. Talk with your group using the text-enabled questions
  3. Be part of the change

Don't have 3-4 peeps with you on October 6th? Join the discussion on Twitter using hashtag: #TextTalkAct.

To encourage this conversation, participants can win prizes for themselves or their schools/community organizations. Visit: bit.ly/TTAcontest for more details and to register.

End the Silence on Mental Health: One Text Message at a Time

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This initiative was developed in concert with Creating Community Solutions, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, the National Institute for Civil Discourse, Everyday Democracy, American Association of Suicidology, National Alliance on Mental Health, the National Campus Leadership Council, and Crisis Text Line.

 
2014 Voice Awards Consumer/Peer Leadership Dinner

Lacy Kendrick BurkProject Return Peer Support Network is proud to be a program partner for the SAMHSA Voice Awards, which honor consumer/peer leaders in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders who share their stories of resilience and recovery as well as television and film writers, producers, and directors who give an accurate and dignified voice to people living with mental and/or substance use disorders. Each year Project Return sponsors a dinner for the Consumer/Peer Leadership award winners the night before the event. This dinner creates a unique opportunity for leaders from around the country to meet and discuss their extraordinary work. Our hats are off to the 2014 Peer/Consumer Leadership Awardees: Lacy Kendrick Burk, Toni Jordan, Matt Canuteson, Patrick Hendry, Sean Campbell, Greg Dicharry, and Jean Campbell, Ph.D.

 Pictures from this year's dinner.

Pictures from the Voice Awards pre-show reception.

 
September is National Recovery Month

WebBannerSquareSeptember is National Recovery Month. In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out," encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

PRPSN has several activities in the works. Stay tuned and join the conversation on our Facebook Page, (Like us!!) blog, and Twitter feed. Get more info about how you can support Recovery in your community at: http://www.recoverymonth.gov/

Speak up and reach out!

 

Warm Line

Warm Line

Do you need someone to talk to? Our Warm Line is here to help. Run by peers for peers, this anonymous and free service is here for you. Call 888-448-9777 to speak to someone. Available weekdays from 5pm to 10pm.

La Linea de Apoyo

¿Necesitas a alguien con quien hablar? Llama a la linea de Apoyo. La Linea de Apoyo es confidencial pero no para crisis. La llamada es gratis. Llame 888-448-4055. Bilingue (Ingles y Español) los partidarios del igual están disponibles. Lunes a viernes 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

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