Dance in the Rain
Peer to Peer Mental Health Center
501 c 3 Non profit Organization
145 Barnstable Rd. Hyannis, MA
The mission of Dance in the Rain is to inspire and support the recovery of its members from mental illness and substance use disorders. As embodied by its founder, its method teaches empowerment, self advocacy, and personal creativity as keys in the search for life's meaning.
Why Our Venue is Important
Dance in the Rain works with the stark realities of living with mental illness on a daily basis. Mental Illness has a ubiquitous and complex nature to it.
Our peers not only struggle with mental illness they face addictions, alcoholism, homelessness, family dysfunction, trauma, loneliness and stigma.
Here we offer our peers a safe nonjudgmental place to talk with others who understand what they are going through on an intimate level and can offer empathy and support.
It's a place to find grounding and begin to heal among peers.
Mary Munsell the founder of Dance in the Rain shares why Dance in the Rain has become an important part of the mental health community on Cape Cod.
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Why and Who Created Dance in the Rain
“Dance in the Rain Peer to Peer Mental Health Center” is a safe place for people with mental illness, and or dual diagnosis to build healing, wholeness, self-empowerment, and accountability. “Dance…” is a drop-in style center offering multiple support groups, workshops, and meetings for people ages 14 years and older with mental health challenges living on Cape Cod. It’s a place where wholeness and a person’s potential will be nurtured and allowed to grow. “Dance…” with its various programs challenges an individual to face his/her mental illness and healing. It’s also a place that strives to engage the Cape and Islands communities in a concerted effort to end stigma and help promote the much-needed changes within the mental health system.
Created and built by people with mental health challenges for people with mental health challenges. "Dance..." offers unique lived experience perspectives to offer support to our peers. We believe that a strong personal support system and peer engagement are some of the greatest assets a person with mental health challenges can possess in his/her journey of healing. We work hard to help individuals recognize who their supports are and to help them build strong support systems.
Dance in the Rain offers all of our services free to all of our peers because we understand the damaging toll isolation takes on the individual and in turn costs the community.
Evidence for Peer Support
Peer support is an evidence-based practice for individuals with mental health conditions or challenges. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence indicate that peer support lowers the overall cost of mental health services by reducing re-hospitalization rates and days spent in inpatient services, increasing the use of outpatient services. Peer support improves quality of life, increases and improves engagement with services, and increases whole health and self-management.
Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving.
Research has shown that peer support facilitates healing and reduces health care costs. Peers also provides assistance that promotes a sense of belonging within the community.