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Using the unique power of peer supports to enhance recovery and self-empowerment informs CAPS, a peer-run organization serving adults in New York’s capital region recovering from mental illnesses.

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My life before CAPS was not a healthy one. I isolated and withdrew inside of myself. For the most part I had no human contact except for my weekly sessions with my counselor. Because I was interacting only weekly, my speech was affected. I would always stumble over my words and as far as I am concerned, I was barely coherent. I knew that what I was doing only added to my depression, but there wasn't a great deal I could do about it since I knew no one close to me.

I suppose I could have popped in at the bar up the street and around the corner from where I live, but since I despise bars and don't drink it didn't make a great deal of sense. A couple of other reasons were that the music is played so loudly that you can't hear yourself think let alone carry on a conversation with someone. And I will be damned if I will pay $2.50 for an eight ounce glass of Coke. Since I have been coming to CAPS my life has taken a turn for the better. I feel much better about myself. I am brighter, and I am more animated (before CAPS I had the personality of a rock). I have also made a few friends. One friend in particular makes me have to think quickly on my feet. To wrap this up, CAPS has made a big difference in my life and I don't know what I would do without it.


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Capital Area Peer Services
354 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12208-2311

P 518.427.5056
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