HST039: Peer Support and Veteran Mental Health

A Marine helps a team member up a high wall obstacle. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. David A. Diggs

Summary:

In this episode, Duane and Bennett Tanton discuss the role of Peer Support in helping other service members in veteran mental health and wellness

In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:

  • Bennett’s military background and journey towards working in the mental health field
  • The training that Bennett received to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist
  • Bennett’s takeaways from training:
    • Not everyone is the same, so not all interventions will work for everyone
    • Training in ethics and boundaries is critical
    • Peer Support is not for everyone; we must be healed first before trying to heal others
  • How some mental health professionals see peer support specialists
  • Perceived differences between a peer support specialist and a licensed mental health professional
  • The need for mentorship after leaving the service

Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

The Wounded Healer and Veteran Mental Health

Starving at the Feast: A Parable of Military Transition

HST 017: Veterans Counseling Veterans with Tony Williams

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