The Tuscola Peer Center is a non-profit 501 c3 organization dedicated to helping people with emotional and mental illness. It is or goal to provide a place for everyone to talk and express their feelings with out fear of stigma. The Tuscola Peer Center provides advocacy and acceptance for all individuals in the community who have endured the pain and trauma of being diagnosed with a mental illness and /or emotional issues.
The Peer Centers goal is to help individuals in the community and assist with resources, education, and other opportunities. The Peer Center can help individuals learn or re-learn social skills, skill building through training, and support services to help individuals actively participate at school, work and in the community. The Peer Center is a consumer-run program; so they understand what others have gone through and can help find resources in the community.
There are always two parties in mental illness; the person who becomes ill and the loved ones who try and help. Unfortunately, many of the mentally ill suffer alone in the dark and in silence. The silence that surrounds them often complicates the healing that comes from being encouraged by their peers, friends and family. At the Tuscola Peer Center no one suffers in silence.
Because of the social stigma surrounding mental illness, individuals often feel the pain and the loss of support from family and friends. Many do not where, how, or if they should express their feelings. Yet, the only way to heal may be to talk and express their feelings; in a setting they feel accepted. Some people may need to talk, cry, or scream, in order to heal or find their path to recovery. The Tuscola Peer Center offers an outlet to express their feelings.
The Tuscola Peer Center maintains a contract with Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems (TBHS), and receives some funding from the Tuscola County United Way, Catholic Federal Credit Union and grants from Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH).