Rethinking Mental Health: Peer Support and Peer Services

jen padron

The following interview is part of a “future of mental health” interview series that will be running for 100+ days. This series presents different points of view about what helps a person in distress. I’ve aimed to be ecumenical and included many points of view different from my own. I hope you enjoy it. As with every service and resource in the mental health field, please do your due diligence. If you’d like to learn more about these philosophies, services, and organizations mentioned, follow the links provided.

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Psychology Today Interview with Jennifer Maria Padron, CPS, M.Ed, PhDc

EM: Your special interest is in the area of developing peer support and peer services to help individuals in emotional and mental distress. Can you tell us a little bit about your philosophy and initiatives?

JMP: Philosophically I am a Realist who fights pessimism juxtaposed with magical thinking that service is still…

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