On Being a Sojourner in Grief

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center   When I began my training in chaplaincy, I had completed most of my seminary degree requirements, but only a few pastoral care courses addressed the challenges of accompanying people through some of the most difficult times imaginable.  As a Chaplain Resident (I trained at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center), we were…

What is a Warmline?

By Dr. Erica Hua Fletcher Zorich Fellow in Mental Health Policy   Who do you call when you are having a bad day? For many people living in the U.S., the answer is no one. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review found that most Americans only have one close friend. What is more, the average American works longer hours and has less…

What is a Peer Respite?

A peer respite is a little bit like a bed-and-breakfast for guests experiencing mental distress. They offer guests a home-like environment and operate as short-term residential centers. They are also staffed by peers with lived experience of mental health struggles.   The idea behind this new model of mental health support is that peer staff can respond to guests in ways that are unlike the…