Are you a POC looking to work as Peer Counselor for mental health?


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. takes an intersectional approach to support students and young adults with mental illness through peer support, political reform, and advocacy services. 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.

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

People of color have high disparity rates when it comes to mental illness, for a variety of reasons (including: societal stigma, barriers to healthcare, insurance, family stigma, professional stigma, cultural differences, etc.) Our Peer Counselors work in confidence with individuals who are like them, cultureally, ethnically, etc. to support them in the best way possible during their experience with a mental illness.

Our training exists all online, and you will be given the skills and tools needed to work with at-risk individuals, or those struggling significantly with their mental health.

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

Skills

  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Intervention

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-6 hours a week

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