Baptist Health Richmond: Peer Support for Behavioral Health
Peer support specialists help you find connections in recovery. Learn more about peer support for behavioral health from Baptist Health in Richmond, KY.
Behavioral Health Support in Richmond, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Katelyn Arvin, LPCC, NCC, Behavioral Health:
Here at Baptist Health Richmond, we believe that mental health is equally as important as physical health. Our mission is we want folks to thrive and be their best self, not just survive. It takes not just a therapist by themselves, it takes a therapist, a clinician, a crisis counselor, peer support, and targeted case management.
Crystal Branscum, Stepworks:
I took the peer support specialist certification because I know what it’s like to need someone who understands. I want to be a beacon of hope for those out there suffering with addiction and let them know that there is this whole community out here to support people in recovery.
A peer support specialist is someone with lived experience who has a different level of empathy and who connects with folks in a very powerful and passionate way.
It’s that connection of, “I’ve been exactly where you’ve been. Let me show you the way I’ve recovered,” and show them what worked for me and encourage them to get the help or treatment that they need. I’m so grateful to be a part of the team here at Baptist Health, because they truly care. I have seen them work very hard to loop people into all the services that they can get them. They’re very genuine people, and I’m grateful to be a part of the team here.
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