Where would you like to do if you had a peer coach?

Finalized my decision and I will be turning in my application for peer coaching. The supervisor who saw me said she’d like to find someone who might want to come to support group. I’m going to ask if they can pair me with someone active enough to go hiking or walking or take community yoga or art classes. There are also more than 5 different support groups and various NAMI events and classes we can attend. I’d enjoy things that cost a little money sometimes like movies or yoga or street festivals. I can drive sometimes and take the bus sometimes. Not everyone seems high functioning enough for activities, though. They might want to do grocery shopping or laundry or something or just sit at the beach? I can also attend church with them. I will work with 1 client 6 hours per week.

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Probably just go for hikes/walks and converse.

Street festivals sound like a good idea.

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The beach is a nice place for a stroll. There are beach parks here and a bike path on the Waikiki side. I’m not good with conversation but I think the important thing is listening and using empathy.

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Is a peer coach like a peer support specialist?

Yes, in our state peer specialists do a lot of stuff case managers do but for lower pay. Peer coaches just act as a mentor to someone.

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We get only 2 hours one to two times per month where I go.

That sounds like only enough time for a therapy session or something. Not everyone who wants a peer coach is ready to take steps towards recovery though… They said they want to pair me with someone not abusing substances and is probably female. :slight_smile:

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I hope you like her. :slight_smile:

In high school when we wanted to put someone down or get rid of them we would say, “Why don’t you go take a long walk on a short pier?”

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Very cool @anon62973308!

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Are you saying walking by the beach is a bad idea? I feel like it’s nice at sunset plus after it gets dark we could go for a coffee and talk. They said they might give the client some money to spend if we do spending activities… oh! There’s also First Friday art shows and music. Or we could cook. Things’ll be better when I get a car. I’m not really working for money so much as I just want to find something rewarding to do.

I had one a few months ago, they wanted to see me like 3 times a week for 1-2 hrs each. I got badly triggered so I blocked her number and that was that… It’s cool you have all those plans, here my NAMI groups are at night, only been there 3 times. Sounds like you aren’t afraid of being social. That was my problem, good luck!

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It’s just something we said as a humorous put down. A joke ain’t funny if have to I explain it but I’ll try: In other words, Take a walk on a pier and when you reach the end, keep walking!

It has nothing to do with you, I think the beach is a great idea.

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Oh lol, sorry yeah it’s still funny I get it now!

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Yes I’m sure things like that could happen and it’s no fault of mine. I got rid of my old case manager. But for this job I’m just a peer so I’m just there to make their lives better. Others I know do grocery shopping and help them organize stuff. Some go to clubhouse or the park. I’m willing to listen to their problems but based on experience I don’t think I can say much that can make someone turn their life around. I just want to do something chill and be supportive…
Also NAMI groups are a good start. When I first got out of my episode, I looked forward to going there just to get rid of the pain and feel connected to people. Mental health groups generally advocate recovery but not everyone finds the same happiness. I hope you keep going and eventually find more to do. Ultimately you can’t carry anything with you when you die but the love you gave to others!

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Sounds like you are going to have a really fulfilling job… exciting! Yeah, don’t take it personally if someone just cuts you off. I don’t think mine did, and if she did then that wasn’t my intention. Just wasn’t right for me, and I was going through a lot. Rather deal with that stuff on my own. Like how some people stop seeing therapists, it just happens.

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i had a social worker for a couple of years… similar - we met out of the house a lot for walks
i took advantage of a lot of the air time but not all. was like having a paid friend.

she was great and I wish it could be more 2 way and we could’ve stayed in touch

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Got helpful advice today at schizophrenia support group about peer coaching. My self esteem is ok but I am finding it’s not as high as it could be. The facilitator at group said you need to love yourself. That made me realize I need to want the best for myself. That then made me realize it’s a good idea to want the best for my peer coaching client. She also mentioned a free tai chi class on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. It’s at a nice beach park. Change is slow though and it often comes about by coincidence.

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