Building Recovery & Individual Dreams & Goals through Education & Support (BRIDGES) is a self-help program that provides education and support to and by people with mental health conditions. There are two parts to the program; courses on recovery and support groups. Classes and support groups are taught and facilitated by peers that have undergone an intense five-day training.
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
Peer Support is the process by which a trained individual who has received mental health or substance abuse services gives non-judgmental, non-directive support to a peer who is experiencing a personal crisis. It is short termed and provided by a peer instead of a mental health professional. Findings show that peer counseling reduces hospitalizations, reduces use of professional services, increases knowledge and coping skills, increases self-esteem and confidence.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) is a personalized wellness and recovery system born out of and rooted in the principle of self-determination. WRAP® is a wellness and recovery approach that helps people to: 1) decrease and prevent intrusive or troubling feelings and behaviors; 2) increase personal empowerment; 3) improve quality of life; and 4) achieve their own life goals and dreams.