BERLIN — Serenity Steps is located at 567 Main St, in Berlin. It has been serving area people with emotional or mental wellness challenges since 2003. Their services are free and confidential. It is a safe, welcoming place. As their mission statement states, they "provide a sanctuary where people 18 years old and older learn to create a personal vision leading to their own recovery."
At Serenity Steps, people are accepted for who they are, and encouraged to move forward to the life they chose to live: their best life. Mental illness is an illness of isolation. The acceptance and the support people receive when they enter the center allow them to risk trying new ways of relating to themselves and the community.
All the members and staff of Serenity Steps have been challenged by mental wellness issues. This sharing of lived experience allows each person to explore and come to understand what those life experiences mean to them and perhaps change the way they see and understand their world. This is called worldview.
Along with sharing those lived experiences, power is shared at Serenity Steps. No one person is the expert on someone else's experiences. There, they do not interpret another's experience, rather they learn from each other. These shared lived experiences, and the co-learning that is the result, allow people to decide which direction they want to go and to design the path they are willing to take, in order to live their best life.
"Speaking for myself, Serenity Steps has been a major part of my recovery. At Serenity Steps, I have seen people move forward, as have I. I believe others have also achieved a measure of stability that they may not have had before. I know I did. It is a good resource," said Ellen Tavino, team leader at Serenity Steps.
Serenity Steps offers support and educational groups, along with one-to-one peer support. They also offer social and recreational activities. They are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Their services are free and open to any person who self-identifies as a current, past, or are a significant risk of using mental health services. They have a van, and provide transportation to and from the center. For more information call (603) 752-8111.