Certified Peer Supporter
About Lesley Hooper
I am an outgoing person who is a certified mental health peer specialist in Texas. I have also trained in group facilitation, trauma care, and recovery planning. I have been diagnosed as bipolar, manic depression, ADHD, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, alcoholic, and the list goes on. I have been getting help since I was a young in some form or fashion. I could tell you about how I never felt accepted, how I thought at one time dirt was more important than me. I could tell you about the depression and grief that set in when I placed my son up for adoption, when I had cancer, or when the person I loved walked away forever. I could spill my guts out about my past. I could tell you of the different types of abuse I have had and trauma over the years! And oh what a novel that would be! Yet, what would you get? Another war story! Another talk about how bad it was or trauma someone else went through! I don’t care to relive it and I don’t care to tell you of all the suicide attempts. Trust me there were many! I am an open book though and all you have to do is ask about my life! So, what do I want to do? I want to tell you to stop right now, look up, and know there is hope! That life does not have to stay in the dumps. That there is a new beginning! How do I know? Because I was given one! I am able to say that there are more good days then bad. I see the hope in the day and dreams that become reality. I have worked hard and found recovery and you can too! There is a story that helps say what a peer is and how I view it. A guy is walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can't get out. Although he tries every which way. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, 'Hey you. Can you help me out?' The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Though he feels better he is still in the hole. Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, 'Father, I'm down in this hole can you help me out?' The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on. Again he feels better, but still in the hole. Then a peer walks by, 'Hey, can you help me out?' And the peer jumps in the hole. Our guy says, 'Are you stupid? Now we're both down here.' The peer says, 'Yeah, but I've been down here before and I know the way out. And together we can do this!' Everyone is fighting a hard battle, and sometimes we need a companion who’s fought the battle before. Are you stuck in a hole? Hang tough! I have been there and know the way out!
Recovery StoryFor years, I never felt right and life took many wrong turns. I just couldn't get it together and always wanted an exit even if it was permanent. I used alcohol to escape, I would not hold down a job, and always had a dark cloud over me. After getting on the right meds, receiving therapy, and working with my own peer to learn coping skills and other life skills my life changed, I was able to hold down a job, live on my own, and help others learn the skills I was shown. I live recovery and know others can too! It may take some work, but together we can get there!
GreetingsWant a personal cheerleader that will meet you where you are at and walk with you? That is me, I am here for you and will be that positive person to help you grow and feel supported. No matter where you are in your recovery, we can all use help to grow further! I will take time to work with you through any situation, learn tools, set goals to reach, and be an ear when no one else seems to be there. I want you to live the best life you can and I will meet you where you are at and take the place with you that you set. Recovery is possible and can be achieved.
My Motivation To HelpBeing a peer is one of the most valuable and wonderful things I have ever done. I don't want to be anything else. I learn so much from those that I serve and get to share the journey with them to the road of recovery. I know that the road is not easy, even today I have hard times, but I know that you can still want life now in those hard times. I always tell people look at an EKG, you don't want it flatlining but peaks and lows. That is how you know you are living and life is that way, you have high days and low days. So now the question is, how will you let me help you?
We can live a successful life and here we will explore ways to have as many wellness tools as possible to our recovery.
LGBTQ+ with mental health
Being part of the LGBTQ+ community really has it's own challenges and here we will discuss those and help each other tackle the hard subjects.
This is for birth mothers or adoptees that wish to find support. As one who is adopted and a birth mother, I find we have to have support during tough times!
Here we will explore how laughter will help each other. Come have fun and let loose!
Here we will share different ways to meditate and learn how we can better!
WOOP stands for Wish/Want, Outcome, Obstacle and Planning. The class scientifically proven to help you get what you want or wish for and has lasting results. We will have online discussions here and weekly check in meetings!
Care Giver's group
I know it can be hard to take care of someone. Especially if you are there with them in the last stages. No matter who you take care of, come get support!
Get to know Lesley!
Ask me anything that you wish!
Wonder Women United!
This is a women's only chat to unite and grow with each other! Talking about women's issues and more.