MHAG offers a number of recovery support and educational programs, including recovery skills classes, support groups, and one-on-one sessions with NC Certified Peer Support Specialists. We also offer educational programs to providers, businesses and the public. Read on to learn more about the services MHAG provides.
The Wellness Academy is a recovery program that offers morning core classes and afternoon enrichment classes to promote recovery and mental wellness by focusing on strengths and goals and offering creative opportunities. The core classes, developed by peers for peers, are offered Monday through Friday from 10 to 11:30 am, and follow an evidence-based curriculum rooted in recovery principles such as choice, personal responsibility, and self-empowerment. The core classes continuously cycle.
The academy offers afternoon Compeer activities on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, including Creative Writing, Book Club, and Food for Wellness. On Monday and Tuesday afternoons, we offer a variety of classes and workshops that change each month, ranging from budgeting to codependency.
Support groups provide confidential, comfortable environments for people to share their problems, learn new information, have meaningful discussions, and better manage their issues.
MHAG offers several peer-led self-help support groups for those going through mental health recovery and their family members. Our support groups do not require preregistration and are free of charge.
Our NC Certified Peer Support Specialists are trained in peer support and wellness recovery action planning (WRAP) and provide assistance and encouragement to individuals in their recovery and empowerment.
Public Mental Health Education
MHAG offers a number of programs to educate and inform healthcare providers as well as the general public. These include:
- Mental Health First Aid: A national program to teach the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use
- QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention: An evidence based program teaching skills to recognize a crisis and the warning signs of suicide.
- Provider Academy: Our monthly series of workshops for healthcare providers, as well as various other staff development and community education presentations and workshops.
Specially trained volunteers provide encouragement and support to individuals with mental illness who are working on achieving mental wellness.
Compeer Friends is a peer-mentoring program of friendship and independence for adults receiving mental health treatment (consumers). This program helps consumers become healthier, more independent members of our community. We are most interested in recruiting volunteers who are over the age of 21, in recovery from psychiatric illness, and who want to share their experiences. Volunteers can help someone today just by being a friend.
Compeer Connections volunteers help consumers become more independent and teach them how to relax and have fun with classes like cooking, money management, job skills, yoga, and other fun activities. These skills help participants have greater independence. Classes can be once or several times or ongoing. What can YOU teach?
For information and an application to the Compeer Program, please visit the link below.
Mental Health Recovery Conference
For more than 18 years, the Association has sponsored a mental health conference. The conference is held in May and offers unique perspectives on mental health recovery. The event is open to health care providers with an interest in recovery, including social workers, counselors, nurses, students, peer support specialists, and others. Continuing education credit is available for counselors and peer support specialists.
Stay tuned for details and registration info for the 2018 MHRC
Wellness and Recovery Summit
Our annual spring summit brings together peers and professionals alike, and features speakers on a number of topics related to mental health and recovery. The event is meant for anyone who has experienced mental health challenges, anyone who has cared for someone with mental health challenges, or anyone who is simply interested in mental health recovery and wellness.
Stay tuned for details and registration info for the 2018 Wellness and Recovery Conference.