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How Peer Support Specialists Can Help in Battle for Mental Health

Peer support specialist Sheri Hall (left) gives advice to Susan Haynes. Hall doesn't have a degree in social work or psychology, but she and Haynes bond over their Christian faith, love of writing and shared history of anxiety.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)

Mental health counseling usually comes from psychiatrists, psychologists and sometimes, social workers. But what if someone rebounding from a mental health episode got help from a person who’s faced something similar themselves? From the Kansas News Service, Nomin Ujiyediin (no-MEEN OO-jee-yed-EEN) reports on the power of personal experience in mental health treatment.

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Nomin Ujiyediin reports on criminal justice and social welfare for the Kansas News Service. Follow her on Twitter @NominUJ.

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