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Poetry Event

Presented by PAPRS

Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

PAPRS would like to feature the talents of PA Emerging Adults by collecting poems that share their vision of recovery and resiliency. A select number of poems will be published in a booklet for display and distribution at the 2015 Recovery Summit, June 1-4, 2015 in Philadelphia PA.

Submission Requirements:

• Emerging Adults is defined as anyone 16-26 years of age

• Resident of Pennsylvania

• Format: Microsoft Word, Font-Ariel-Size 14

• Submission cannot exceed one page (8.5 by 11)

• Only one submission permitted

• Deadline for submission is April 1, 2015

• Please submit poems that can be read/shared with a diverse audience

The top 3 poems that best exemplify themes of recovery and resiliency will be awarded gift cards.

First prize-$60, Second prize-$30, Third prize-$15

* Submissions that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered

* Only email submissions will be accepted.

SUBMIT POEMS to: info@paprs.org

Winners will be notified by email in early May 2015

By submitting a poem you are granting to PAPRS a royalty-free license to use, reproduce and distribute your poetry in any way in the future, with appropriate attribution to you. This license does not change the fact that you retain copyright ownership of your poem and does not prohibit you from using your poem in any way or from allowing others to use it.

Survey Opportunity

The Ohio Chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is collecting information about the peer support work place in neighboring states.  Please consider taking a few minutes to share your experiences as a CPS in Pennsylvania by completing the following survey:

Peer Support Work Place Survey




The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is a statewide network of people who use their own experiences with mental health to support others. All Coalition members are people who use peer support skills to inspire hope that recovery from mental illness is possible.

We believe that everyone who offers peer support to others deserves support too. The Coalition offers this support. We provide trainings and education about peer support and recovery, and we help create peer support networking groups. We also advocate for the needs of people who provide peer support.

Many of our members are Certified Peer Specialists who provide peer support professionally in mental health agencies. However, it is not necessary to be a Certified Peer Specialist to join the Coalition. We welcome anyone who uses their own mental health recovery experiences to support others.

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To learn more about becoming a member of the Coalition, visit our Coalition Membership page.

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