PSN provides a comfortable space for people experiencing mental health issues to socialize and support one another.
It is a place that promotes recovery and growth. Assistance is given to obtain the resources necessary to meet life’s needs, and set goals for the future. It provides a safe and inclusive environment where people can relax, make friends, and participate in groups in the evening or weekends, when clinical mental health services are typically unavailable. A Certified Peer Support Specialist is available on site to help coordinate services and activities. Volunteers are also valued participants in this program.
Peer Support Network (PSN) gives me a comfortable, safe place to go to and socialize. It keeps me from isolating and has cards and games to keep my mind occupied and have fun. – Marilynne, (Client of HVMHC)
PSN is a busy but relaxed center for adults with mental health issues and illness to come for recreation, visit with and meet new friends, participate in scheduled classes of all kinds, share a meal and celebrate holidays and birthdays. Located at 122 West 2nd Street in downtown Winona, the PSN is open every day and offers scheduled and informal activities that promote good mental health for adults with a variety of mental illnesses and symptoms. The comfortable and informal setting is mentored by adult consumers who have had training in assisting participants as needed. Staff, community volunteers and college interns are an ongoing part of the PSN community. Advocates for people with mental illness and local legislators will make scheduled visits to talk with consumers about their issues and concerns. PSN is the place to go to engage with and learn from adults in our communities living with a mental illness.