While much progress has been made to develop a modern array of ‘crisis services’ including mobile crisis units, hospital diversion programs and ‘crisis call centers’ through and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, the integration of people with lived experience of suicide and crisis as peer support providers, though, has been slow to advance.
Peer support can and should play an active role at many points in the transformation of crisis response systems, including those driven by the national 988 line initiative. This presentation will address several questions:
• Where and how these get integrated is the key question.
• How can ‘crisis’ services connect with the empowerment foundations of peer support?
• How does peer support look and feel different at times of intensity?
• How can lived experience be meaningfully connected with when things like self-harm and suicide are present?
The presenter covers the array of these issues, while presenting key concepts for program and policy change, grounded in the values of dignity and recovery, to humanize the issues in the practical work of ‘peer crisis support.’