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The Power of Peer Support


Recently at the largest state representation of peer support providers in Pennsylvania, hundreds gathered to discuss the importance of the delivery of peer support as it relates to the recovery model of delivering mental health care. Breaking down stigma requires more than employing consumers of a mental health services, it demands an investigation into the ability to understand commonality as human beings. With 1 out of 5 Americans suffering from a disability, millions deserve the necessary attention towards promoting a recovery based society, putting the person first before the diagnosis. Peer representation of doctors, lawyers, and other traditional high value status positions exist, this debunking of what mental health looks like and elaboration from the conventional labeling of crazy was evident today. Respecting the diversity of others and fostering an ethical pathway towards progress in our country's healthcare system saves money, resources, and builds cohesion in communities. Looking at the holistic approach to wellness within the 8 different dimensions of care with a goal orientated, person directed outcome shifts the traditional way of clinical treatment.

As the field and profession continues to grow now a person can receive counseling by a person with the same experience giving hope to the mental healthcare system. Mental healthcare should not be processed and operated like a state prison system. Counselors in outpatient centers are not the equivalency to parole or probation officers. This bureaucratic nightmare has created a financial burden taking away from the Medicaid budget of 450 billion dollars and adding to our national debt crisis. Lets move towards economic prosperity and empowerment through boasting the GDP, removing the dependency. A defective system of healthcare hinders our viability, prosperity, and security in the world. Peer support offers employment based upon having a disability.

A mindset exists however of creating segregation amongst mental health professionals delineating between clinical and non-clinical, falling back upon educational laurels rather than real world experience. A competitive and territorial industry, rests upon the market bearing clients. Interestingly enough, users have show validation of peer support services superior to that of social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. As the delivery of care evolves, a recovery revolution, an enlighten society progresses.

We are on the brink of a movement that has taken on barriers to industry entrance and redefined unconditional acceptance. It was a joy to be in the presence of so many wonderful human beings that offered a wealth of knowledge and experience. If you would like to learn more please go to and join the mission in changing the delivery of mental health care.

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