Peer support refers to people with the same types of problems helping each other. The concept of peer support has been used for many years among people with addictions, for example in Alcoholic Anonymous where people with “lived experience” help others to recover. The use of peer support with people with mental illness is more recent, particularly peer support in a professional capacity as part of the mental health care team.
You may be familiar with online access to your medical records and possibly to your doctor’s notes. More than 12 million Americans now have online access to their health care provider’s clinical notes. This access is referred to as OpenNotes.
In January, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry spoke at an awareness-raising event at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts on the latest plans for their Heads Together campaign. They have been outspoken advocates for mental health for some time. While their efforts are primarily in the United Kingdom, their influence is international.
You may have heard the term executive function in regards to the brain, but what does it mean when a person has difficulties with executive function? Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps us get things done.
In addition to being all-around great companions, dogs help people in numerous ways ranging from assisting emergency workers with search and rescue, to helping people with hearing, sight and mobility challenges, to aiding law enforcement officers.