Author: collabrh

Loneliness is the #1 Need of People with Mental Health Conditions

The impact of loneliness on health is similar to that of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. A national survey of peer support specialists found loneliness was the number #1 unmet need of people with serious mental illness (SMI).  #1 Loneliness was identified as the leading unmet need among people with SMI. People with SMI experience loneliness at approximately […]

Defining the Role of Peers in Integrated Care

By Jo Bower There are multiple dimensions to health—health is not just symptom monitoring, but it is also our social relationships, how we grew up, and even where we live. Not surprisingly, peer supporters are increasingly being included in integrated care models that address multiple dimensions of health. In some states, peer supporters are established […]