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Open House for “Day One” Peer Services in Lamar

Southeast-Mental-Health-ServicesSoutheast Health Group recently opened peer-run services and overnight supported stays at 3500 First Street South in Lamar.  The program is called “Day One” and is designed to support people who are in recovery from mental illness and addictions.  The public is invited to an Open House on Tuesday, June 13th, from 4:00 – 6:30 pm at the 3500 First Street South location.  Tours of the facility and light refreshments will be offered.

“The peer-run crisis facility will provide a new level of care for people experiencing emotional distress,” said JC Carrica, Chief Operating Officer.  “The local facility provides walk-in support for adults seeking a calm, safe environment and someone to talk with for a while.  Even if you have never received services at Southeast Health Group before, you are welcome at the Peer Program.”

Landi Wagner manages the Day One facility and program.  She has been working hard over the past few months to hire new peer specialists, arrange trainings for peers, complete credentialing, and plan some fun new groups.

“Right now we are offering relaxation and meditation groups, music, crafts, and games,” said Wagner.  “We play a lot of Wii activity games to get people moving.  I hope to add grief support, addiction support and computer trainings in the future.”

Peer services is a new concept in crisis support for people who would otherwise end up in the emergency room because of anxiety, depression or other overwhelming feelings.  They are set up just like your living room at home, with a few comfy chairs, soothing music and a warm mug of coffee or tea.  Guests visit during the day to regain a sense of balance, and utilize the overnight supported stay when they need extended support.  The house is staffed by peers who have recovered from crises of their own and understand what it’s like to feel overwhelmed.

Peer Specialists are trained to teach coping skills that help people deal with negative situations and feelings. Peers can help you recognize and use your own strengths to problem-solve.  People are welcomed as fellow human beings, rather than ‘patients’, and the focus is on helping, not judging.  Recreational and support groups are offered daily.

For more information about services at Southeast Health Group’s Peer Program, call 1-800-511-5446, or walk-in at 3500 First Street South in Lamar. To apply for a Peer Specialist position, please check out the Employment page at www.southeasthealthgroup.org.

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