We, who have experienced the trauma of mental illness, know first hand about the love and solidarity that grows from the shared experience of suffering. We, who have experienced and triumphed over the personal disasters in our own lives, understand and feel impelled to respond to victims of national disasters. This paper is about the expertise those with a lived experience of recovery from personal trauma can bring to disaster relief efforts in the form of peer support.

From Relief to Recovery (PDF – 432KB, 15 pages, published September, 2006)