Heather Boll CPSS & Professional Speaker
1 out of 5 people battle mental illness in their lifetime.
1 out of 3 people diagnosed with mental illness seek treatment.
9.6 million Americans have suicidal thoughts.
For every 700 individuals with a mental health concern, the system has 1 psychologist or psychiatrist.
If you’re facing mental illness, or you have a family member facing mental illness, it may feel like you’re facing an uphill battle. And that you are all alone in this.
But you’re not. You’re not the first to walk this path and you won’t be the last. There is hope. There is recovery. And there’s peer support.
I’ve been on that path. It’s a scary journey. But people do recover. I know because I’m in recovery now. And I’m using my journey to help people face the challenges I’ve worked so hard to overcome.
My name is Heather Boll and I’m a Certified Peer Support Specialist. I’ll be your confidant, your coach, and your advocate on your journey to a better life.
What is a Peer Support Specialist?
Part of your mental health care team, a Certified Peer Support Specialist is a certified professional “who [has] had personal experience of mental illness and [is] trained to be a direct service mental health [staff person.]”
“Certified Peer Specialists offer support and hope to individuals with mental illness by sharing their story and helping them discover their strengths. Certified Peer Specialists assist the people they serve by helping them break down barriers to community resources and provide encouragement for involvement in community activities that support their goals and interests” – Minnesota Department of Human Services
**A peer specialist is not a licensed therapist. They are an addition to the care team and are uniquely positioned to share their story to provide encouragement and hope on your mental health journey.
I offer an alternative approach and am trained to work with you on the following areas.
Road mapping to make an effective plan for getting healthy
Self-care to learn about yourself and strategies to keep you from relapsing.
Attending appointments with you when you see doctors and therapists. Helping you figure out what questions to ask.
Listening to what is going on in your life. Unlike a therapist, I can share my own similar experience with you.
Referrals – I work with a variety of providers and can recommend them to you. I’ll even make the connection for you.
Living with mental illness doesn’t have to be hard. I use my experience and knowledge to help you manage your daily life. I’ll help you overcome discrimination and stigma. I’ll listen to you with respect and acceptance.
And I’ll encourage you. Because you come first.
My experiences allow me to serve as an advocate, providing an essential roadmap of resources to achieve recovery.
— Heather Boll, Mental health Advocate and CERTIFIED peer support specialist
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed therapist or counselor. I offer a non-clinical service, compassionate support and advocacy when you need it most. This information offers options for mental health services and resources and educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, or replacement of professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.