Feeling down, lonely, or just need to vent?
Schedule a confidential Zoom meeting with a Peer Support Specialist while the library building is closed to the public due to COVID-19. They're here to listen and offer support without judgement.
- Make an appointment with the peer of your choice
- We'll send an appointment confirmation email
- Click the link and join when it's time for your meeting
- If you're worried about confidentiality, it's okay to use an alias
- We'll need a valid email address or phone number so peers can contact you
- Peers are also available on the phone if you prefer ta phone call instead
We're here to listen without judgement and offer support. Share what’s going on in your life, what goals you’re working toward, or simply vent if you’re struggling. Find us wearing a "Talk to Me" button, grab a coffee, and pull up a chair. Peer Support is free, informal, and confidential.
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