In times of crisis, people feel alone with their anxiety, panic,
anger, frustrations and depression. One of the goals of peer-run crisis respite
is to provide connections and relationships that can lessen the intensity of
these feelings. These non-medical alternative programs offer a comfortable,
non-judgmental environment in which one might be able to process stresses as
well as explore new options. The hope is that these interactions will result in
fresh, short-term solutions and a wider array of options for handling future
As people have an opportunity to stay connected to peers while
moving through challenging thoughts, feelings and impulses, the need for
external intervention is diminished. This alternative approach to handling
crisis teaches people healthier attitudes about themselves and others. With
increased skills, individuals can reduce or even eliminate their
susceptibilities to the pressures that cause overwhelming emotional distress.
Alternatives to Suicide: Lessons from the Western Massachusetts Recovery Learning Community
Webinar archive now available!
Alternatives to Suicide peer support groups exist because the opportunity to talk about feelings of hopelessness to empathic ears can decrease the inclination to act on suicidal feelings. This webinar, held on April 24, 2013, discussed the need for and development of peer-run support groups for people struggling with suicidal feelings and thoughts. Presenters: Janice Sorensen and Sean Donovan.
Rose House Peer-Run Hospital Diversion Program - Tour and Introduction
Voices of the Heart, Inc. – Respite House (5 minute introduction)
This video is a brief introduction to the Voices of the Heart Respite House, a supportive, empowering and safe alternative to traditional crisis services and inpatient admissions. For more information, visit www.voicesoftheheart.net
Voices of the Heart, Inc. – Respite House (15 minute introduction)
This video provides a more in-depth look at the Voices of the Heart Respite House.
Keya House Tour
A tour of the Keya House, a peer-run crisis respite center in Lincoln, NE. The house offers an alternative to more traditional medical-oriented crisis services for as many as four people at a time with mental health problems. For more information on the Keya House, visit http://keya.mha-ne.org