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Peer Facilitators Project

Self-Help Meetings
For People in
Mental Health Recovery

Coordinated and Supported by:
The Recovery Learning Communities

What is “Peer Support, Self-Help?”

For thousands of years communities of people, in all cultures, who share common interests and needs, have come together to exchange ideas and to support each other.

Peer Support and
Self-Help Works!

There is a growing body of evidence that shows that peers can help peers by sharing what has helped or not helped in their own recovery. This collective wisdom presents us with different perspectives, expands our range of options, and can help us to take more informed choices about our recovery. It is also hopeful to hear from peers that we can recover, and to role model that recovery message by facilitating groups.

Why “Peer Facilitators?”

Peer Facilitators are unique among all other providers of mental health care because:

  • They possess the “lived experience” of recovery.
  • They have, openly and without shame, begun their journey to recovery.
  • They model an openness that encourages others to share their journeys.

Are you interested in becoming a Peer Facilitator?

  • Have you reached a stable point in your recovery/sobriety?
  • Have you had some experience with group facilitation or leadership?
  • Are you dependable?
  • Do you work well with others?
  • Do you have a desire to “give back” to others also on a journey?
  • Do you know someone else who also fits this description?

What does Peer Facilitators Project look like now?

Peer Facilitators Project has approximately 40 active peer facilitators who are currently running groups. The groups operate in the 6 DMH regions across Massachusetts and are administered by the regional RLCs. Groups began in state hospitals first and are now spreading to community locations such as homeless shelters, libraries, and church basements. Recovery Learning Communities are offering Peer Worker Support Groups to support and encourage Peer Facilitators and Certified Peer Specialists as they continue their important work.

The resources we use:

Although we emphasize open discussion, the Peer Facilitator's Project uses a variety of resources to facilitate discussions, including: Pathways to Recovery; A Strengths Recovery Self- Help Workbook, The Experience of Recovery, and each Peer Facilitator Trainer receives a binder full of recovery focused information and valuable tools for self-advocacy which may be copied and given out.

Contact Information

Your Local RLC

Central Mass RLC
Metro Suburban RLC
Metro Boston RLC
Southeast RLC
Northeast RLC
Western Mass RLC