The Perry Wellness Center operates as a peer support center, serving males and females ages nineteen and older. Our services include a variety of peer support groups, arts, and crafts, educational activities, and health and wellness activities. We also provide some traditional mental health services, either directly or through referral.
Our treatment philosophy is based upon a recovery model, as we believe that mental illness and addiction are treatable and that individuals can engage in full lives in their communities. We also base our treatment upon the support of peers in the recovery process. The majority of our staff have faced their own struggles with mental illness or addiction and serve as mentors to others dealing with their own behavioral health problems.
The center is open Monday - Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with many after-hours activities often provided.
To learn more about specific services we provide, please read our information about the following services:
Our program philosophy is based on the following:
LESSONS FROM GEESE
As each goose flaps its wings it creates “uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.
If we have as much sense as a goose we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.
When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into formation and another goose flies to the point position.
It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership. As with geese, people are interdependent on each other's skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater. The power of encouragement (to stand by one's heart or core values and encourage the heart and core of others) is the quality of honking we seek.
When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then, they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.
If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.