what is a spoonie?

spoonies are people living with chronic illness/pain & comes from the spoon theory by christina miserandino

what is a singleton?

singletons, as opposed to systems, are people who don’t have dissociative identity disorder (DID). go here to learn more about DID.

what is somatics?

according to healthline, "somatics describes any practice that uses the mind-body connection to help you survey your internal self and listen to signals your body sends about areas of pain, discomfort, or imbalance.

basically, somatics involves learning to listen to and feel safe in our bodies.

what is a peer recovery supporter?

"peer support specialists strive to empower individuals to achieve their hopes, dreams, and goals, and connect them with their personal recovery journey. peers can relate to others in a non-clinical, more personal way as they have a similar lived experience. Peers are positive role models and offer hope to others, demonstrating by their own life that recovery is possible."
- northern lakes community mental health

"peer support workers are people who have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process."

if you're interested in becoming a peer recovery supporter, you can find out the certification requirements for your state here.

what does elliot have experience with?

my lived experience includes:

  • trauma

  • chronic illnesses

  • being queer & nonbinary in a binary cisheteronormative world

  • surviving domestic violence/emotional abuse

  • being fat

  • being disabled

  • living with mental illnesses

  • caregiving