Speaking at a recent Mental Health America webinar, Supportiv Co-Founder and CEO Helena Plater-Zyberk explored why the concept of post-traumatic growth applies to us all on a national scale, why the mental health crisis is getting worse, and how on-demand peer support can reach individuals who may feel alienated from other care options.
The webinar covered key questions about the relationship between mental wellbeing, peer support, and the collective national traumas we have endured:
- Why do we need to embrace the concept of post-traumatic growth, and how does it apply to all of us in the COVID era?
- What populations are more likely to access peer support than other mental health care modalities?
- How can online, on-demand peer support help individuals after trauma, in a way that is genuinely accessible?
Among other points, Helena discussed current shortcomings in the mental health space, barriers to BIPOC care access, and how peer support can tie into ongoing national efforts to address the mental health crisis.
Also included are myriad first-hand perspectives from people of high-need, marginalized groups who may feel alienated from traditional mental healthcare. Viewers can additionally find ideas for how to evaluate the quality and efficacy of any given peer support program.