The NC-HOPE 2019 Peer Support Awards 
For Excellence in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Banquet 
Mckimmon Conference Center     Raleigh,  North Carolina
October 5, 2019 
Join Us to Honor Our Unsung Heroes
NC HOPE is bringing together 150+ champions of the mental health field to help celebrate Peer Support Specialists and other mental health professionals. Our dream is to create an event that will show support, empathy, and empowerment to those who are on the front lines in the mission to support persons living with mental health and substance use disorders. We are inviting: Peer Support Specialist, Mental Health professionals, Elected Officials, Advocates for Mental Health, and others. 

Peer Support is an evidenced-based mental health model of care which consists of a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) who assists individuals with their recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. Combined with skills learned from peer support certification training, life experiences, and institutional knowledge, peer support specialists are in a unique position to offer support. The role of a CPSS is to model recovery, teach skills, provide hope and offer supports to help people reduce the likelihood of relapse and lead meaningful lives in the community. CPSS are often overlooked and undervalued as members of the treatment community, they are unsung heroes. NC HOPE wants to recognize and celebrate them for their role in supporting the most vulnerable among us.
Who Are We? 
NC HOPE is one of the top peer support training curricula approved to train in NC. This is accomplished through rigorous quality control measures; we are consistently updating our curriculum to make sure it addresses current trends and ethical challenges in the field of peer support. We support our graduates and others in the field through monthly lunch and learns that provide opportunities to network, receive support, as well as obtain updated training. NC HOPE is fiercely committed to advancing the field of peer support, we believe that in order to provide high-quality peer support services and affect positive change in the lives of those we serve, it first starts with thoroughly trained, confident peer support specialist. NC HOPE is dedicated to that mission.
Peer Support Awards Matter
During our journey of training peer support specialist we have gained a deeper understanding, respect and love for those who provide this critical service. This is heart work that is often thankless and uncelebrated. Peer Support specialist have had a positive impact on persons dealing with mental health and substance use challenges. NC HOPE believes they deserve a celebration to recognize and celebrate them with a night of elegance and recognition. 

A portion of the proceeds will go towards scholarships for peer support training.

Support Our UnSung Heroes! 
Your support can help us give acknowledgement to our unsung heroes in peer support!
 Click below to be an awards sponsor or to nominate your peer support specialists! 
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