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Center for Peer Support

Mental Health America’s new Center for Peer Support has the latest information and promotional materials on peer support, certification, peer-run programs, support groups, and current research on the efficacy of peer support.


The Center contains detailed information on promoting the use of peer support services in behavioral health and the research and statistics to validate it. It also has the most recent information on MHA’s new National Certified Peer Specialist credential with helpful facts about how our affiliates can promote and offer peer support services and get involved in training. Learn more about the peer-run services created by MHA and detailed information on how to implement them.

National Certified Peer Specialist Credential

Mental Health America is developing a national, accredited certification for peer support. Learn more here.

It's My Life: Social Self-Directed Care Program

MHA developed a highly innovative intervention called It's My Life: Social Self-Directed Care that combines the evidence-based practices of Peer Support and Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the emerging best practices of Self-Directed Care and Life Coaching into an integrated skill and support strategy to help people build networks of friends and intimate relationships. Learn more about implementing this program in your community.

Support Group Facilitator's Guide

Facilitating support groups is not always easy. Learn about the key elements of support groups and skills for effectively facilitating them. Download the guide.

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