Peer Support. This concept that has been around since the 1970s, but came to Delaware around 40 years later. Peer Support, specifically Peer Support Specialists, are individuals who have personal, lived experience with mental health and/or substance abuse, as well as recovery. They support others with similar experiences to their own and work with them to develop skills and resources to be independent in their community.

Peer Support in Delaware began when Delaware Psychiatric Center or DPC hired seven Peer Support Specialists to provide support to individuals re-entering the community. After that, Peer run behavioral health centers begun to open, and as of 2015, were established in all three Delaware counties. Some of these Peer run settings include group homes, detox programs and intensive outpatient programs.

To celebrate and recognize the important work Peer Support Specialists have been doing in Delaware, please join MHA’s Peer Training and Outreach Services team for our second annual Delaware Peer Support Summit (formally known as the Learning Collaborative).

This event will be held virtually, from Tuesday, October 19th to Thursday, October 21st, 2021. The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the important contributions Peer Recovery Specialists make in the mental health and substance abuse fields, as well as celebrating the overall accomplishments in the industry here in Delaware.

This online event will feature guest presenters, Ethics CEUs, a panel of Peer Specialists and much more! Look below for more information on the event, including times, location and registration details:

Date: Tuesday, October 19th-Thursday, October 21st 2021

Time: 9 am-3 pm – with additional evening sessions!

Location: Zoom

Registration Link: https://www.signup82north.com/beventLive.aspx?EventID=NBI75611060

For any questions regarding the event, please contact: sreaves@mhainde.org – We hope to see you there!

If you are currently working as a Peer and are looking to get Certified, you can learn more by visiting https://www.mhainde.org/peer-services/

Staff Blogger: Mollie Clupper

Mollie Clupper works for MHA as a Communications and Support Specialist. Using her own experiences, she wants to help bring awareness and end the stigma surrounding mental health. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, drinking coffee, and spending time with her fur-niece.