Recovery education is a supportive peer support learning process that assists people to understand and manage their mental health/addiction problems, enhance their well-being and achieve the lives that they choose. The evidence for recovery education is constantly growing and the results are:
- Increased sense of hope.
- Increased sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.
- Increase in self-perceived recovery.
- Reduced experiences of psychosis and anxiety.
Recovery education including peer zone, wellness recovery action planning, pathways to recovery, etc. provides the opportunity for peers to be part of an ever-growing work force and “the opportunity to give back” as paid peer support workers who facilitate recovery education groups. It enhances their well-being in many ways, including becoming empowered and improved physical, psychological, social and spiritual health. Many people who experience mental distress and addictions struggle financially and this gives them the opportunity to live more comfortable lives, as well as giving purpose to their life. Peer support in its many forms is also extremely cost effective as it reduces hospital admissions, emergency visits, and reliance on other mainstream mental health/addiction services which are financially more expensive in the mental health/addiction system.
(Source: Making the Case for Peer Support: O’Hagen, Cyr, McKee and Priest, Mental Health Commission of Canada, September, 2010).
The following are links to some organizations that offer Peer Support training programs and/or resources for Peer Support workers
**These PeerZone training’s are for experienced facilitators only PeerZone trainings fall 2016 and winter 2017
The Following power point presentations are from the Krasman Centre’s 2016 Conference Developing and Supporting Peer Support Teams with Keynote speaker Mary O’Hagan.