Older adults may face unique challenges that impact their behavioral health as they age, including significant life changes, loss of loved ones, and economic insecurity, among others. Implementing intentional peer support programs in health care or community-based settings is one strategy to empower older adults to manage stress, life events, and difficult emotions. This webinar will provide information on three peer support programs implemented across the U.S— the Certified Older Adult Peer Specialists, the Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and the Veterans Health Administration Peer Support Services. Speakers will discuss the specialized needs of older adults seeking mental health treatment, the importance of peer support implementation from the national to local levels, and how you might use peer support in your community.
- Dan O’Brien-Mazza, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Services
- Judith A. Cook, PhD, Center on Mental Health Services Research & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Perelman School of Medicine
- Hilary Cantiello, MLA, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Perelman School of Medicine