Last week I attended a four day training to facilitate PeerZone workshops. PeerZone is a series of three hour peer led workshops in mental health and addiction where people explore recovery and whole of life wellbeing. For a visual sense of PeerZone, check out the amazing video – http://www.peerzone.info/peerzone-video.
It was a small group, myself and four others plus Sara our lovely facilitator, whose colourful clothes are something will always bring a smile to my face. The workshops were full of interaction and opportunities for discussion. One of the foundation workshops was titled: Leading our Recovery. Recovery is a word which is popping up quite often these days, the mental health word of the moment. Sara ran through the foundation courses and we had the chance to really dig into the “recovery” topic. It was just as fantastic as the cheese and dips we had in the breaks – I really do like my cheese.
It was a memorable experience and it feels good to know that we can all make a difference in this area. I remember back in primary school my report card mentioned that I was a “reluctant” speaker. I had to look up what this meant, as a result that identity stuck to me for many years after. Well, needless to say, no longer am I a reluctant speaker, it might be that I am more the opposite. Thank you to PeerZone for providing us with an outlet of verbal and visual expression.
I recommend looking at the PeerZone website, it contains a wealth of information and resources, not to mention beautiful graphics and visuals.