Taking Vermont’s Mental Health Services One Step Further with Peer Supports

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Posted: Mar 05, 2021| Categories: Uncategorized

VTDigger is excited to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of Vermonters.

This thirteen week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.

Below is the seventh installment of the series from Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont (HCRS) focusing on the importance of peer supports for people struggling with mental health and/or substance use and their recovery.   


People with Real Life Experience Provide Greater Understanding & Empathy

We’re learning more about how to effectively support individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues

Peer support is an essential part of supporting Vermonters who are experiencing emotional distress or struggling with their relationship to substances. To be able to fully understand and empathize with what another person is experiencing requires someone who has had similar experiences. Peer support is provided by people with lived experience that is relevant to the people they are supporting, such as having been in the mental health system or experienced addiction.  Read more…

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