Watch these short videos to find valuable, firsthand advice from peer specialists who have many years of combined experience in the field. They include specific advice that these seasoned veterans would give to new peer specialists as they enter their careers. Find practical insights to help you grasp the different systems of care, navigate relationships, maintain peer support values, understand roles, establish boundaries, and much more.
Justin Volpe, Peer Support Specialist at NASMHPD and Amy Brinkley, Recovery Support Systems Coordinator at NASMHPD discuss setting boundaries, practicing self-care, finding support, and establishing networks.
Justin Volpe and Tony Sanchez, Peer Support Specialists at NASMHPD, discuss remembering the importance of your role, capturing the client’s story, and believing in your value.
Amy Brinkley, Recovery Support Systems Coordinator at NASMHPD and Lisa Ragan, Director of Peer Recovery Services at Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services share advice on building a strong and supportive relationship with your supervisor.
Amy Brinkley, Recovery Support Systems Coordinator at NASMHPD and Lisa Ragan, Director of Peer Recovery Services at Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services share tips for sharing your lived experience through a trauma-informed lens.
SMI Adviser is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and administered by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The APA works closely on this project with a team of experts from 30 other mental health organizations. This team includes individuals, families, clinical experts, peers, and policy makers – all working to create access to the best resources on serious mental illness (SMI).Learn More
When it comes to serious mental illness (SMI) it is crucial to find information you can trust.
SMI Adviser offers researched, vetted and verified guidance to the best resources on SMI.
Our national experts answer questions directly from mental health clinicians. Our education catalog provides access to in-depth mental health courses. And our online Knowledge Base is a searchable guide to answers on SMI, clinical resources, mental health fact sheets, and more.
has a serious mental illness (SMI) in a given year
That adds up to 10.4 million people, or 4.2% of U.S. adults 18 or older.
SMI Adviser has a simple mission. To advance the use of a person-centered approach to care for people who have serious mental illness (SMI).
How do we do that? We offer a clinical support system that mental health clinicians can trust. Access an array of evidence-based education, resources, and answers from our team of mental health experts.
This leads to better care so people with SMI can live better lives.