Peer Respite: A Home Not Just for the Holidays

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From WUFT News: “Lower funding prevents some Floridians from getting treatment. Nationwide, 55.8 percent of U.S adults with any mental illness received no treatment in 2018. In Florida, more than two-thirds (67.8 percent) of adults with any mental illness did not receive treatment.

Haymes said she hopes Gainesville Peer Respite — the only peer respite center in Florida —  will inspire others to open more centers, thus providing more options for those who do not have the means to access traditional mental health care services . . .

‘The truth is that some people are intimidated by clinical settings or are afraid of being judged or labeled, so we are here to give them encouragement and support and let them know they’re not alone,’ she said. ‘They can choose to talk about it or not, but either way, we want to create a sense of community.’

The Peer Respite model, first created in New Hampshire, has proven so effective that it has spread throughout the United States and is now available in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wisconsin.”

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