This presentation explores the benefits of peer support in combating loneliness and social exclusion, two factors that destroy health and happiness. Research has shown that the lack of "connectedness" to friends and community worsens psychiatric problems and leads to chronic illness and early mortality. Adults with mental health problems are one of the most excluded groups in society. People living with thought disorders, like schizophrenia, have the most difficulties in forming personal relationships of all disabilities. Social inclusion offers opportunities to re-engage with the community and form positive relationships. Mental Health America’s Social Self-Directed Care program and work compiled by the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion emphasize the value of peer support in assisting individuals with serious psychiatric disorders form social connections and personal relationships.
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- Identify negative psychiatric and physical health effects of loneliness and social isolation.
- Describe multiple ways in which individuals, communities, and society discriminate against individuals with serious psychiatric disorders which result in exclusion and loneliness.
- Evaluate the positive effects of peer support on assisting individuals in connecting to their communities and establishing friendships and personal relationships
Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Physician (non-psychiatrist), Physician Assistant, Psychologist, Peer Specialist/Peer Support
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: December 13, 2019
Program End Date: March 1, 2021
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Patrick Hendry is Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports and Services for Mental Health America. He has worked as an advocate and initiator of peer-run services for 27 years in a variety of leadership roles. Mr. Hendry reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Amy N. Cohen, PhD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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