Peer Support Archives - NWI

New Resource: Assessing Readiness to Become a Parent Peer Support Provider

July 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new TA Network tip sheet produced by FREDLA is designed to help determine when a parent is ready to become a parent peer support provider (PPSP). The practical resource includes a list of qualifications and skills, as well as interview questions and links to other information.

Access the Parent Peer Support Provider Readiness Tip Sheet»

How peer support specialists can help parents with a Mental Health Condition

February 8, 2016 | Halley Doherty-Gary

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion released a document series. The series discusses parenting with a mental health condition and the role peer specialist can play in supporting these parents.


An open letter from the mom of a sensory-sensitive kid

October 21, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Mandy Farmer beautifully ask readers in this Mighty blog post to rethink their judgments of her son, who lives with a sensory processing disorder. This open letter of sorts addresses the quick judgments people make when they do not have a better understanding of disability.

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All the cool kids are doing it: Positive peer pressure

September 23, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Teens are often warned about giving in to peer pressure. This article, however, explores the benefits of having friends and the positive influences that peers exert.


Good news for supportive friends – depression does not spread

September 18, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

According to research led by the University of Warwick, having friends who suffer from depression doesn’t affect the mental health of others. Researchers found that while depression does not spread, having enough friends with a healthy mood can halve the probability of developing, or double the probability of recovering from, depression over a 6 to 12 month period.

Find out more today >>

Locking Up Juvenile Offenders Doesn’t Work

June 10, 2015 |

According to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, reduced sentences and community-based treatments for juvenile offenders are more effective than incarceration. The report also presents research showing that lengthy stays for juvenile offenders in out-of-home settings, like a correctional center or residential facility, are expensive for governments and fail to reduce young offenders’ risk of recidivism, making for a poor return on investment.

Read the article and access the report today >>

Four Ways to Improve Student Mental-Health Support

April 29, 2015 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Two school psychologists offer ideas about improving mental health support for students, in response to a report by Connecticut’s office of the child advocate on the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

See the four ways here

Text, Talk and Act is Tomorrow!

April 13, 2015 | John Ossowski

Encourage the young people you know to participate in Text, Talk, Act – a national conversation for youth about mental health.  See details from Text, Talk, Act.

Young people stand up to labeling in this powerful video!

December 9, 2014 | Halley Doherty-Gary

Here’s a new youth-produced video featuring the voices and faces of young people standing up to negative labeling.