Feeling down, lonely, or just need to vent?
Theresa is here to listen and offer support without judgement.
I'm Theresa, the library's Peer Support Assistant.
You can share what’s going on in your life, what goals you’re working toward, or simply vent if you’re struggling. Peer support is free, informal, and confidential.
How does it work?
It's easy! We can talk over the phone or in an online Zoom meeting. When you book your appointment, you'll have a few options to pick from.
- We'll send a confirmation email with meeting info
- Click the Zoom link and join when it's time to start
- If you're worried about confidentiality, use an alias
- We'll need a valid email address or phone number so peers can contact you
After experiencing the death of someone I loved to suicide, along with finding my own recovery path from mental health struggles, I’ve found that connection to community is pivotal. I believe deeply that each person deserves to feel cared about and accepted.
About our Peer Support Services
Peer support is a service available to you as a patron of Lawrence Public Library. The primary goal of peer support is to help you (1) build hope and (2) live with autonomy. Building hope and autonomy are necessary for recovery from any mental health concern.
Peers are current or past consumers of mental health services who are in recovery or have recovered. They model their personal experience with mental health while providing social and emotional support.
Services are self-directed. When you meet with your peer, you can express what’s going on in your life, goals to work toward, or simply vent if you’re struggling. Peer support staff recognize that you are the expert authority in your life.
Peer support services can look different from person-to-person, day-to-day. Usually, services occur in community settings, such as coffee shops, restaurants, or libraries. Most often, peer support will listen and offer occasional guidance.
Services do vary depending on your specific goals. For example, if you’d like to address substance use concerns, your peer might accompany you to a SMART Recovery meeting (here at the library) or give you information on a 12-step group. In talking with peer support, you may also decide to focus on daily living objectives, including budgeting, gaining employment, or obtaining housing.
For more information about the library's role in this partnership contact:
Melissa Fisher Isaacs
Information Services Coordinator
785-843-3833 x 113