After being closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center will re-open its Peer Support Network (PSN) space on June 14. The Peer Support Network is a drop-in center for adults experiencing mental health issues. The space was closed in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic heightened in the state of Minnesota. We have been offering virtual support groups to PSN attendees but everyone will agree, it’s just not the same.
“Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center is so excited to resume programming at PSN,” said Mike Fahey, community liaison. “This unique community based site provides support and resources, while helping individuals with mental health issues, connect through meaningful relationships with their peers, staff and student interns.”
To start out, the PSN will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Masks will be required and the number of people in the center will be limited to allow for safe physical distancing. Due to the limitations, seating will be available outside the Peer Support Network front entrance for individuals to connect, which is located on the west side of Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center’s Winona Clinic. Also, virtual support group meetings will continue to be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Centers Peer Support Network is for adults 18 years and older. There is no cost and participants are not required to be a consumer of services at Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Center.