Recovery Resources

  • Rogers InHealth --WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) - Numerous videos from people in Recovery
  • Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation - organization providing resources and support to those with a mental illness, as well as training and consultation to mental health professionals working with those in recovery
  • RecoveryMonth.gov - site with information on events and campaigns nationwide; focus on drug and alcohol treatment and addiction recovery, but includes mood disorders, as well
  • Resiliency and Recovery E-Learning Center - a free resource from Magellan Health Services that currently hosts 10 interactive “e-courses” in English and in Spanish, offering in-depth strategies and techniques for promoting resiliency and recovery.
  • Recovery to Practice - Resources for the Behavioral Health Professionals from SAMHSA
  • Behavioral Health and Smoking Cessation - Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, which strives to decrease the rate of smoking among mental health consumers and providers
  • Assertive Community Treatment Association (a service-delivery model that provides comprehensive, community-based treatment to people with serious and persistent mental illnesses. ACT recipients receive the multidisciplinary, round-the-clock staffing of a psychiatric unit, but within the comfort of their own home and community)

Self-help groups are geared for mutual support, information, and growth. Self-help is based on the premise that people with a shared condition who come together can help themselves and each other to cope, with the two-way interaction of giving and receiving help considered advantageous. Self-help groups are peer led rather than professionally led.  In general, participation in self-help groups has been found to lessen feelings of isolation, increase practical knowledge, and sustain coping efforts.

An established research base demonstrates that peer support services are an effective component of mental health care.  A key differentiating factor in the certified peer specialist (CPS) role from other mental health positions is that, in addition to the traditional knowledge and competencies in providing support, the CPS operates out of a lived experience and experiential knowledge.  Information provided by peers is often seen to be more credible than that provided by mental health professionals. When peers are part of hospital-based care, the results indicate shortened lengths of stays, decreased frequency of admission, and a subsequent reduction in overall treatment costs. Other studies also suggested that the use of peer support can help reduce the overall need and use for mental health services over time.  Click to view Citations (go to bottom of page)

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