National Telephone Survey and Compendium of
Minority Peer Support Organizations
Hikmah Gardiner and Lynne Mock, Ph.D.
This project is a collaborative effort between the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse and UIC NRTC staff. The project will survey existing minority peer support organizations and groups to develop a compendium to be used by persons interested in starting their own groups. Other targets for the compendium include policy makers and administrators interested in encouraging the growth of minority peer support in their local communities, as well as researchers interested in studying minority peer support. It is hoped that at least 25 self-help organizations run by people of color can be identified, described, and serve as mentors to users of the compendium who are seeking to start their own peer support programs. An emphasis will be placed on including an especially diverse representation of people of color. Information collected for the compendium will be presented at conferences convened by mental health consumers and those conferences which have traditionally included consumers, as well as meetings of policy makers and service funders.
For more information about this project email Tina Carter, or phone him at (312) 413.3526.