- Understanding and managing one’s emotions effectively.
- Coping with stress and life’s challenges.
Latrina Autry has had a rough time and has found ways to improve herself. When she reached out to PCI, Latrina was struggling with life challenges and, more importantly, was suffering from feelings of loneliness and depression. PCI immediately stepped in and provided peer counseling, mentoring, and family support within a safe space.
Through PCI Peer Support program, Latrina has found herself getting better. She’s happier, feels relatively safer, and always looks for opportunities to be with PCI. This includes routinely volunteering at our many events and programs. Latrina would ask PCI what she could do to help, and even if PCI didn’t have something immediate for her to do, she would always find something to help.
Because of her progress with herself, Latrina wishes to support women like her in the community. She has reached out to many members of her church group and the community and is partnering with PCI to create a program to provide women with a safe place to talk and express their struggles. Latrina has been a forefront believer in the Tea Talk and Mental Health programs and the good they can do for the community.
We are happy for Latrina’s improved well-being and greatly thank her for continuing support and efforts for PCI as an organization.
Archie Colbert was a man with a roller coaster life. Originally born in Milwaukee, he moved to Chicago when he was ten and stayed there for about a year. Eventually, he and his family moved to Hampton, Virginia, where Archie would attend school before joining the military. But things turned for the worse for Archie when, as a young kid, he ended up “on the streets,” where he made some bad decisions. At one point, his life choices ended up making Archie homeless and incarcerated. His actions also led to struggles with mental health and affected his ability to get a job.
But Archie never chooses to let these moments weigh him down. His time on the streets has taught him many valuable life lessons, including not being a follower of other people to the wrong side of life. Instead, he learned to embrace himself and work hard to improve.
Pointers Community Initiatives helped to provide Archie with job opportunities, allowing him to participate in our various mentoring programs and begin his own cleaning business. PCI has also assisted Archie with improving his financial standing, providing him with resources to help him continue to work and live comfortably, as well as mentoring for his mental health struggles and life choices.
Through our help, Archie is now employed and making a name for himself and his new business. Archie has also started a “Kingz in Power” men’s support group with PCI.
Peer support for women involves individuals with similar experiences or backgrounds coming together to share their challenges, successes, and support one another. Peer support can be a powerful tool for womens mental health and overall well-being.
PCI employees are well trained by the State of Wisconsin to provide peer support work.
We establish safe and confidential spaces where women feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and experiences without judgment.
This can be in the form of support groups, online forums, or community gatherings.
We form peer support groups based on common interests or shared experiences, such as motherhood, career challenges, or specific health concerns. This helps build a sense of community and relatability.
We provide training or facilitation to group leaders to ensure they can guide discussions effectively, maintain a supportive environment, and recognize when professional intervention may be necessary.
We pair women who have experienced similar challenges or transitions (E.G., career changes, parenting, health issues) as mentors and mentees. This one-on-one support can be highly beneficial.
We consider cultural diversity and sensitivity in forming support groups. Different cultural backgrounds may influence experiences, and creating groups that respect and acknowledge these differences is important.
We are mindful of the potential for trauma among group members. Adopt a trauma-informed approach to ensure the environment feels safe and supportive.
While peer support is valuable, make it clear that professional guidance may be necessary in some situations. Provide information about available mental health resources and encourage seeking professional help when needed.
Engaging in Zumba fitness can have positive effects on mental health for women, as it combines physical activity with elements of dance and
music, creating a fun and energetic atmosphere. Here are some ways in which Zumba can contribute to mental well-being:
Zumba is a cardiovascular exercise that helps release endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers. Regular physical activity has been linked to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Physical activity, such as zumba, can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and lowering levels of stress hormones in the body.
Regular exercise, including zumba, is associated with improved sleep quality. Better sleep contributes to overall mental well-being.
Zumba allows participants to express themselves through dance and movement, fostering a sense of accomplishment and boosting self-confidence.
Zumba classes provide an opportunity for social interaction, which is important for mental health. Building connections and friendships can provide a support system and a sense of community.
Thanks to OT and the team for their support with my employment. Pointters team are good people, and they are ready to work
Thank you, Pointters Community Initiatives, for helping me with my resume
Pointters has been supporting me with counseling- I appreciate the team there…
Pointters provides mentoring for me in my career. They are very dependable