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Peer Support Specialists

What is Peer Support?

A Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is someone who has their own lived experience with having a mental health condition. They have been trained to support others who are struggling with their mental health.


How do I find a Peer Support Specialist?

Fill out the form and connect with the right person for you. If you need a new PSS, we are more than happy to make that change so you can find what works best for you. 

If you are in need of immediate peer support, please call the WashCoNAMI building between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday. (503) 356-6835.


If you need to call outside of business hours, your voicemail will be returned the next business day.

If you are in crisis, please call the Washington County Crisis Line at (503) 291-9111. 

  • Washington County Crisis Services - Not sure which service you need? Call the crisis line at 503-291-9111 and staff will connect you to the right one.

  • Hawthorne Walk-In Center - Everyone needs help sometimes. If you have behavioral health issues (mental health or addictions), sometimes you need help right away. The Hawthorn Walk-in Center provides urgent services for mental health and substance use concerns. *Currently unable to accept walk-ins.

  • County Specific Mental Health Departments - Do you or a loved one need help finding local mental health resources? On this page, you will find a link to your county’s mental health department, their phone number, and their crisis phone number.

  • Lines For Life - Lines for Life is a regional non-profit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. They offer help and hope to individuals and communities, and promote mental health for all.

  • TIP: Emotional First Aid for Survivors of Tragedy - Citizen volunteers provide emotional first aid to survivors of tragedy in order to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long term recovery.

  • Catholic Community Services Crisis Stabilization/CATS (Crisis and Transition Services) - Catholic Community Services Family Behavioral Health Southend site is a licensed children’s mental health provider, serving youth from 5 through 17 years of age. CCS provides two main types of mental health services: short-term crisis services aimed at diverting youth from possible hospitalization when they present to an ED or a County Crisis Center, and longer-term intensive in-home services for youth with high ongoing needs. Their mission is to provide a community-based alternative for youth with mental health challenges and their families, allowing them to live safely in their homes and community and avoid institutional care whenever possible.

  • Suicide Bereavement Support Groups - Suicide Bereavement Support is comprised of a board of directors, people in the community who have either lost someone to suicide or are invested in helping support those who have.

  • Suicide as a Language of Pain - There is no age restriction for SLOP and no one will be turned away. This is just a part of a series of Virtual Groups through Zoom.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center - The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Providence Grief Support Groups - Bereavement support groups consist of sharing your experiences coping with grief as well as learning about the grieving process from a trained facilitator. Providence Hospice offers bereavement support to individuals and families grieving the death of a loved one. All of our services are offered free of charge.

  • Legacy Health Grief Support & Bereavement Services - All services are provided free of charge by trained bereavement specialists.

  • David Romprey Warmline - A Peer-Run Program of Community Counseling Solutions

  • American Association of Suicidology - A resource for professionals to implement life-saving measures throughout the world.

  • AlcoholHelp - Treatment Services for Alcoholism and Counseling Services for Alcoholism and the Family Members

  • Unity Center for Behavioral Health - Emergency Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment

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