Joe is a big fan of local organizations that shine a light on mental illness and offer support to those who live with it. Today he's spreading the word about one such organization: Amistad. Located in Portland, Amistad is a peer support and recovery group where everyone is always welcome on a first name basis without regard to diagnosis and where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Amistad's various programs share a focus on peer support as the “magic” tool of recovery. Peer support is simply the idea of people who have struggled with mental illness or substance use in the past, stepping in to help people who are still in the throes of addiction, or still battling the symptoms of under-treated mental illness. It is a simple model, but it is a profound and effective one as well.
At its heart, Amistad is a place that believes fully in the ability of every person to experience recovery and a fuller life. Joe offers his thanks to the folks at this vital local organization for the amazing work they do, and hopes that you consider learning more by visiting their website.