Mutual Support in Romania
During the period November 2014- January 2015, the Romanian League for Mental Health, in collaboration with Estuar Foundation, organized the vocational training course ”Peer to Peer” for individuals who have experienced mental health problems, those who overcame them and those who can become “peer support workers” and individuals who are currently living with similar mental health difficulties.
This course was organized in Romania for the first time and provided participants with cognitive, social and communication abilities contributing to making mutual support an opportunity for employment and professional development. The themes of the training content included key concepts of recovery, force and trauma, understanding of peer support concept, the effects of labelling, strength-based approaches, self-help and self-management in peer support, effective communication, working with risk, goal setting and supervision.
After finishing the first piloting, we have asked some experts by experience and this is what they said: