BreakAway MHE was created to promote an improved understanding of mental health. It is tailored specifically to support those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder, although may also be useful for anyone seeking assistance with a range of other common and related mental health conditions.
“The BreakAway MHE mission is twofold: First, to reach, inspire, educate, and empower all who suffer endlessly but needlessly with mental health issues. Second, to increase the priority placement of mental health skills and awareness in everyday life.”
Peter is passionate about helping others develop alternative ways of understanding life problems, relational difficulties, and recurring emotional pain and suffering. He is an advocate for those struggling with mental health issues, and likewise, a teacher and therapist for those prepared to discover how to release themselves from unnecessary suffering.
Peter achieved his Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2008. He has been studying psychology since 1997 and honing skills as a mental health practitioner since 2009. He became a registered psychologist in 2012. After years of learning and gaining practical experience, he has developed a deep understanding of the internal and external dynamics of commonly experienced mental health disorders.
Peter recognizes that many of the contributing factors to mental health disorder often go unrecognized, misunderstood, and mismanaged, and that this results in increasing, persisting, and worsening difficulties over time. Peter believes the general understanding of mental health issues in society is inadequate, hence the strong need for information and awareness programs like BreakAway MHE.
Peter has an intimate understanding of mental health difficulty because he has experienced it himself and learned how to make improvements. Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is Peter’s chosen area of specialty because this was his primary diagnosis. He knows the difficulty of BPD and how it does not discriminate between sex, race, social status, or any other orientation of life.
Peter fully understands the feelings of guilt and shame that often accompanies mental health difficulty. At the same time, he knows that learning breeds compassion and that this opens the door for adjusting the life experience. He has guided many in his practice towards a place of improved self-awareness and functioning as he teaches application of the same concepts and skills he has applied to himself.
Dawn has a deep passion for mental health awareness and understanding. Having experienced first-hand the destruction, she is now an advocate for education and healing. “SO often people just don’t know or understand what’s going on, because we aren’t taught these things. How are we to know what’s healthy if it’s never shown to us?”
A mother to 4 wonderful kids who has worked in banking for over 20 years, Dawn has had the opportunity to connect with many different people in many different professions, gaining an understanding of human behavior on a personal level. Her own experience with Mental Illness has created not only a deep compassion for people but an insight and warmth that allows others to feel comfortable sharing their own experience. Dawn’s desire is to use this gift to help as many people as possible find healing.
Dawn is no stranger to challenges or extreme stress and openly shares about her Toxic marriage; Her battle with her sons Epilepsy; Her struggles with her daughter’s Celiac diagnosis; Anaphylactic shock and multiple allergies; The joys and struggles of children with ADHD; Being involved in a bank robbery at gunpoint, and more.