1st International Peer Respite Summit starts Oct 3, 2021 FREE

As you know, we are living in a time of great transformation. Our thinking, our lives, our priorities and perhaps seemingly everything in our lives is being re-evaluated and re-aligned to meet our deepest vision and hopes for life in our community and all around the world.

Like me, you may not have heard that we are days away from the 1st ever virtual international summit which represents a significant step forward in our co-creating the emerging future. That is, a future where we use our power to build places in every community to replace the use of force and coercion in the mental health system.

Rethinking Psychiatry has partnered with MindFreedom International to convene the first International Peer Respite and Soteria Summit:

Creating Compassionate Alternatives for People in Crisis and Distress.

The virtual Summit will take place for 3 hours on every Sunday in October from 12pm- 3pm ET. Bob Whitaker is moderatoring six impressive speakers on Day 1 of the 5 day Summit.

The Soteria House and peer respite models are both ways of supporting individuals in extreme states. Both models allow individuals to stay voluntarily in a homelike environment, and come and go as they please, while enjoying 24-7 support from non-clinical staff. Neither model forces people to take drugs yet both have been documented to be very successful at helping people avoid psychiatric hospitalizations.

Come to the Summit if you would like to find out more about these innovative, research -proven significantly effective alternatives to forced psychiatry from experts, including people with lived experience. Even better, find out what you need to know to bring a Soteria House or a peer respite to your community! For more information about the Summit topics and speakers and to register for the Summit: https://www.alternatives-conference.org/peerrespitesoteriasummit

I also wanted to share a small sample of research findings from Live and Learn, Inc Research — Peer Respites where I found the data shared in this blog. For example, results from three studies with a control or comparison group are below.

Findings:

Respite guests were 70% less likely to use inpatient or emergency services.
Respite days were associated with significantly fewer inpatient and emergency service hours.

Citation: Impact of the 2nd Story Peer Respite Program on Use of Inpatient and Emergency Services. Psychiatric Services. (2015)

Findings:

Statistically significant improvements in healing, empowerment, and satisfaction.
Average psychiatric hospital costs were $1,057 for respite-users compared with $3,187 for non-users

Citation: A Randomized Trial of a Mental Health Consumer-Managed Alternative to Civil Commitment for Acute Psychiatric Crisis. American Journal of Community Psychology. (2008)

Findings:

Respite guests experienced greater improvements in self-esteem, self-rated mental health symptoms, and social activity functioning compared to individuals in inpatient facilities
Citation: Findings from a consumer/survivor defined alternative to psychiatric hospitalization. Outlook. (Vol. Spring 2002)

I did want to mention, however, there are numerous other studies. Here are just 4 published titles: LA County Innovation Peer-Run Model Cost Analysis. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). (2016); Innovation (INN) Program Evaluation of the Peer-Run Model. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). (2015); The Impact of a Consumer Run Hospital Diversion Program on Quality of Life and Recovery: A Comparative Study. Albany, NY: College of Saint Rose Institute for Community Research and Training. (2009); Evaluation of a peer‐run hospital diversion program: A descriptive study. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. (2011)

For more information on peer respites see Research — Peer Respites where I got the information shared in this blog. I did want to mention, however, there are numerous other studies. Here are a sampling of some published titles: LA County Innovation Peer-Run Model Cost Analysis. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). (2016); Innovation (INN) Program Evaluation of the Peer-Run Model. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH). (2015); The Impact of a Consumer Run Hospital Diversion Program on Quality of Life and Recovery: A Comparative Study. Albany, NY: College of Saint Rose Institute for Community Research and Training. (2009); Evaluation of a peer‐run hospital diversion program: A descriptive study. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. (2011)

Lastly, everything you want to know about peer respites but might have had some fears about asking are found on Directory of Peer Respites – National Empowerment Center (power2u.org), including information on the 32 peer respites currently operating in the U.S., many additional research findings, how to start a peer run respite, and crisis alternatives (e.g., warm lines, etc).


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