PEER-MENTORING

I have been there. I can help.

Peer Support Services/Peer-Mentoring is an evidence-based practice in which former mental health consumers provide professional support and encouragement and specialized services to individuals currently involved with the mental health system. Peer support specialists serve as a living example of recovery and successful community reintegration, and ongoing scholarly research continues to demonstrate the effectiveness of these professionals in:

  • Reducing their clients’ psychiatric hospitalization and incarceration rates
  • Reducing their clients’ substance abuse and illicit drug use, and
  • Improving recovery rates by fostering hope, self-efficacy, and empowerment among clients 

Listen to these stories of hope.

Archana [audio:http://www.myasha.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Archana.mp3|titles=Archana]

Kevin[audio:http://www.myasha.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kevin.mp3|titles=Kevin]

Nikhil [audio:http://www.myasha.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Nikhil.mp3|titles=Nikhil]

Val[audio:http://www.myasha.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Val.mp3|titles=Val]

Gayathri Ramprasad, MBA, CPS

Gayathri Ramprasad is an award-winning mental health advocate and Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) who has been trained by the nationally recognized Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in partnership with the Georgia Peer Support Certification Project.

Gayathri has struggled with recurrent anxiety, panic attacks and depression since she was 18 years old. Her successful battle in overcoming life-threatening mental illness and her amazing recovery taught her the power of hope and holistic healing in overcoming chronic illness. Now, she mentors individuals affected by mental disorders and their families to overcome barriers to recovery and achieve wellness. Gayathri believes that inherent in every person is the power to heal and thrive in life. She helps people create personalized wellness action plans, provides culturally-responsive referrals and resources, and offers ongoing support to help them create a life of meaning and purpose.

To learn about Gayathri’s availability and seek peer-mentoring services, please contact her at gayathri@myasha.org or 971 340 7190