Peer Support in Congregations is a statewide project developed by the Center for Multicultural Development.
The purpose is to implement peer based mental health prevention and early intervention services in faith-based organizations (FBOs). The project reduces stigma related to mental illness and psychological distress by engaging the leadership of FBOs and members that have lived experience with mental illness to support wellness efforts in their spiritual community. The goal of the project is to build the skills of traditional sources of support within the community to intervene, refer, and counsel individuals at-risk of or living with mental illness, and who seek support from FBOs to manage their mental health. The project also empowers the community to create indigenous strategies for identifying and managing mental illness.