“What protocols do you recommend regarding establishing strong boundaries in Peer Support relationships that maintain proper self-care for yourself?”
“What’s the difference between the WRAP and Peers Support Handbook & the old peer book?”
These are only some of the questions addressed by Mary Ellen Copeland during last week’s engaging and informative webinar on The Concepts and Process of WRAP and Peer Support. In addition to the energetic Q&A session, Mary Ellen discussed the development of WRAP and Peer Support, shared some of her own personal experiences and provided many examples to help others move forward in their wellness journey.
WRAP has truly been a Peer Support initiative from its beginning, when developed in 1997 by a group of Peers who knew that Moving Forward and enjoyment of life was possible. There are many reasons why combining WRAP and Peer Support create such a magical result. Read More
by Carol Greenberg
Over and over, when people share with me about the hardest of times, the issue of loss and grief comes up. The following, shared by Carol Greenberg, will be helpful to me, and to others, as we develop plans for, or deal with the hardest of times. The mental health recovery work that I have been doing for the last 30 years is all based on what I have learned from others. Please share your experiences so they, like Carol’s, can be helpful to others as well.
My dearest friend and husband died almost three years ago. The grief I felt during the months of his final illness and after he died has been overwhelming. We had sixty years together—not perfect all the time, but close enough to realize that I had lost the most important part of my life. It was the part that loved me, listened to me, argued with me, laughed and cried with me, and that completely shared my life. That was gone forever. I weep for that loss every day.
What accompanies this, daily, is loneliness. I cannot always fill the enormous void that is there. Remembering and reliving in my mind and heart our years together and talking about him with my family and friends helps.
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