The Peer Support Network (PSN) provides a comfortable and safe space for adults experiencing mental health issues, to socialize and support one another. It is a “Drop-in Center” model, that promotes recovery and growth to help individuals meet life’s challenges and set goals for the future. There are scheduled group activities and sessions which allow clients that are interested, to interact with staff, volunteers, peer specialist, and university interns. There is a pool table, television, games, computers, kitchenette, and group room.
The Peer Support Network is open seven days a week, with hours varying each day, in order to provide support when outpatient clinical mental health services may be unavailable such as, in the evening or on weekends. The Peer Support Network is accessible to any adult with a mental health issue. There is no cost and participants are not required to be a client of Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center.
Weekly Group Schedule:
- Expressions Group 11am -1pm unless otherwise noted
- NAMI Meeting 7pm-8:30pm
- Breakfast Club 10am-12pm
- Art Therapy Group 1pm
- Lunch Bunch 12pm-1pm (come early for lunch approximately 11:30-11:45)
Saturday and Sunday: 1pm–5pm
We host open Support groups eg: Breakfast Club (a mental health topics group), Lunch Bunch (a sharing support group), Narcotics Anonymous, and the local Winona NAMI group. Also, there are groups for clients with Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services eligibility. Some additional groups have been formed by student interns or volunteers.
The Peer Support Network was created for use as an Adult drop-in center.