Peer Support

“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.”  - Aristotle

Friendships are vital for wellbeing, but they take time to develop and can’t be artificially created. Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose, Boost your happiness, Reduce stress, Improve your self-worth, Help you cope with traumas, Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Support is essential to recovery. One of the most helpful things one person can say to (or hear from) another is “I’ve been there.” Depression, bipolar and other mood disorders can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA and DBSAI have many ways to help connect you with others who have been there as well. That is why we have created this website—to connect you to others who have “been there”. It always seems to help to hear others personal, lived experience. 

Studies have shown that the greatest predictor of happiness, health and a longer lifespan is developing and maintaining friendships and/or fulfilling long term relationships. People with mental health and/or substance abuse issues often experience total social isolation and encounter trauma regularly, and as a result die earlier than the general population. People with mental health and addiction issues find it exceptionally difficult to find companions for socialization, but rank these relationships as a critical need. In 2010, nearly 1 in 5 Hoosiers age 18 and older responded “never”, “rarely” or “sometimes” to the question: “How often do you get the social and emotional support you need?” This is where IN Mood Rings comes in. We want everyone with a mood disorder to feel welcome on this site and to hopefully build “Rings” of friends to satisfy the need for social relationships and support. We hope our site will help connect individuals who uniquely understand each other’s life experiences, individual needs and desires.

Peer Support

Become a Peer Specialist

A Peer Specialist is an individual with lived recovery experience who has been trained and certified to help their peers gain hope and move forward in their own recovery.

The Peer Specialist:

  • Cultivates their peers’ ability to make informed, independent choices
  • Helps their peers identify and build on their strengths
  • Assists their peers in gaining information and support from the community to make their goals a reality

Tips on How to Make Friends:

  • Listen to people!
  • Then ask about what they just said.
  • And make sure to remember their name!
  • Follow up afterwards
  • Be excited to see people
  • Treat everyone the same
  • Get involved with clubs
  • Visit someone when they’re sick

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.      ~Helen Keller