Interested in working as a Peer Counselor for mental illness?


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


About

Project LETS, Inc. exists to support students and young adults with mental illness through education, reform, advocacy + suicide prevention. We also aim to provide real information, provided by individuals suffering with the disorders. We hate laundry-lists of clinical symptoms that don’t actually tell you anything about how your life will be affected.

Our website dual-functions as a place to learn about mental illness/LETS, and a place to learn about yourself, your illness, and most importantly, your recovery. Our 'Share Your Voice’ section is a platform to heal through storytelling. Our mission is to close the gap between the impersonal research/symptom lists provided by scholars and clinicians. We want to show individuals how it really feels to suffer from depression, hear voices, dissociate, and all of the wide variety of experiences associated with living mentally ill. We aim to provide a hub of love to share your stories, discover you aren't alone, and find a safe outlet to express everything you are experiencing, from stigma, shame and fear, to joy, hope, and in time, recovery. Most importantly, we want to show others that people with mental illnesses live successful, meaningful, productive lives.

We have a ton of programs, but our core is Peer Support. We run a 24 hour Crisis Line, and have Peer Counselors who are trained to work one-on-one with individuals who are struggling with their mental health. We work with individuals every day who can't seek treatment due to insurance or lack thereof, financial limitations, family issues, stigma, geographic location, inaccessibility, cultural differences, and many other barriers. Our Counselors work with individuals to:

  1. Create a personalized safety/relapse prevention plan
  2. Reminders regarding medication and appointments
  3. Cultivates their peers’ ability to make informed, independent choices
  4. Helps their peers identify and build on their strengths
  5. Access help/resources + learn how to interact with the healthcare system.
  6. Answer questions about mental illness to develop confidence and reduce stress
  7. Provide support in times of struggle and crisis
  8. Provide information relating to coping mechanisms and how to maintain recovery.
  9. Understand the impact of symptoms on your life
  10. Assists their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their goals a reality

You can learn more about our Peer Counseling program, here: http://www.letserasethestigma.com/peer-counseling/.

Skills

  • Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Mentoring

Good Match For

Teens

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training

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