PEERS PEERS is a mental health consumer-run organization that specializes in mental health and wellness training, programs and services, and media projects.

Our Mission PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. Our mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. We create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences to eliminate stigma and discrimination. Our Vision We envision a world where people can freely choose among many mental health options that address the needs of the whole person. We see a future where people with mental health experiences are valued for their essential contributions to society.

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This week's affirmation was contributed by Joshua Walters. Thanks Joshua.
12/10/2020

This week's affirmation was contributed by Joshua Walters. Thanks Joshua.

Your Pandemic Holiday Season Survival Guide is Here! By Leah Harris https://peersnet.org/2020/12/08/your-pandemic-holida...
12/08/2020
Your Pandemic Holiday Season Survival Guide is Here! - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Your Pandemic Holiday Season Survival Guide is Here! By Leah Harris

https://peersnet.org/2020/12/08/your-pandemic-holiday-season-survival-guide-is-here/

By Leah Harris Even before the pandemic, the holiday season was a very challenging time for folks living with mental health and substance use conditions. There is the stress of connecting with relatives, especially if there has been a history of trauma in families. For some LGBTQ people, there is th...

Today’s WRAP® affirmation was contributed by Kozi Arrington, Thanks Kozi!
12/03/2020

Today’s WRAP® affirmation was contributed by Kozi Arrington, Thanks Kozi!

Give yourself a gift of WRAP® this holiday season. WRAP® Orientation, This Thursday, December 3rd 9:30-12:30.https://pee...
12/01/2020
Sneak Preview: WRAP for the Holidays - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Give yourself a gift of WRAP® this holiday season. WRAP® Orientation, This Thursday, December 3rd 9:30-12:30.

https://peersnet.org/2020/12/01/sneak-preview-wrap-for-the-holidays/

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Vilma Sakalauskaite HOLIDAY WELLNESS Let me ask you, how do the Holidays make you feel? Joyous Spiritual Generous Excited Isolated Sad Grief Bad memories Holidays are an...

The Holidays can be a hard time for many, so if you need a way to remind yourself of all your special qualities follow t...
11/25/2020
Wellness Tools: "A Love Letter To Myself" - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

The Holidays can be a hard time for many, so if you need a way to remind yourself of all your special qualities follow this writing prompt on How To Write a Love Letter to Yourself...

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/25/wellness-tools-a-love-letter-to-myself/

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Heather Riemer Recently I was feeling kind of down. I happened to come across an exercise that I thought might make me feel better. It was called “A Love Letter to Mys...

"I have always loved to travel, to learn about new places and new cultures.  Given the restrictions that we are all livi...
11/24/2020
Wellness Tools: Virtual Traveling - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

"I have always loved to travel, to learn about new places and new cultures. Given the restrictions that we are all living with globally, I have found a secret loophole – virtual travel!"

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/24/wellness-tools-virtual-traveling/

This edition of Wellness Tools was written by community partner, Kai Jones-Biscette. As someone living with mental health challenges, one really must pay particular attention and care to the activities and routines which help keep us well.  And, during these Covid Times, I’m finding that I am hav...

Wellness Tools: Open Water Swimming For Anxiety Relief-https://peersnet.org/2020/11/20/wellness-tools-open-water-swimmin...
11/20/2020
Wellness Tools: Open Water Swimming For Anxiety Relief - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Wellness Tools: Open Water Swimming For Anxiety Relief-

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/20/wellness-tools-open-water-swimming-for-anxiety-relief/

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Vilma Sakalauskaite Open Water Swimming For Anxiety Relief Open water swimming is a new wellness tool for me that I started a month ago and have been using on a daily ba...

The question as we go into the Holidays: "True Peace and Security, How Can You Find It?"
11/18/2020

The question as we go into the Holidays: "True Peace and Security, How Can You Find It?"

Need an uplifting voice to calm your nerves? Here are 10 Meditations for Staying Positive:https://peersnet.org/2020/11/1...
11/12/2020
Wellness Tools: Meditations for Staying Positive - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Need an uplifting voice to calm your nerves? Here are 10 Meditations for Staying Positive:

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/12/wellness-tools-meditations-for-staying-positive/

“Meditations for Staying Positive” In the world we live in there are many reasons to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we created this list of podcasts entitled, “Meditations for Staying Positive”. This is a list of 10 uniquely chosen podcasts to put you in the mood for thinking positively abou...

A Salute to our Veterans. Happy Veterans Day!
11/11/2020

A Salute to our Veterans. Happy Veterans Day!

Each year PEERS brings you amazing photos from Day of the Dead. This year was celebrated differently by Joshua Walters b...
11/05/2020
Day of the Dead - Para Los Nanas - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Each year PEERS brings you amazing photos from Day of the Dead. This year was celebrated differently by Joshua Walters by listening to the radio...

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/05/day-of-the-dead-para-los-nanas/

PEERS Perspectives is a blog series that offers thoughts and reflections from our staff and community members on mental health, current events, and the ways they affect our lives. Today’s post is an open letter to KCSM Radio DJ Chuy Verela after he played his annual Latin jazz tribute for Day of ...

Today’s Affirmation was created by PEERS Staff Tasha Ceyan who says,”I learned to say these things to myself while exper...
11/04/2020

Today’s Affirmation was created by PEERS Staff Tasha Ceyan who says,”I learned to say these things to myself while experiencing a period of homelessness. They remind me that no matter where I am, I am always at home. Even if I feel lost at sea, I can be the solid ground that I need to stand on.” -Thanks Tasha

Here are some tips for navigating the inevitable anxiety that is likely to ensue beyond Election Day. https://peersnet.o...
11/03/2020
Navigating Post-Election Stress in Massively Uncertain Times - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Here are some tips for navigating the inevitable anxiety that is likely to ensue beyond Election Day.

https://peersnet.org/2020/11/03/navigating-post-election-stress-in-massively-uncertain-times/

Navigating Post-Election Stress in Massively Uncertain Times By Leah Harris It has been said so often that we live in “unprecedented times,” with a highly contentious election taking place during a global pandemic, on top of ongoing civil unrest and racialized violence, as well as major wildfire...

8 Principals to Guide Your Wellness-https://peersnet.org/2020/10/29/wellness-tools-8-principals-to-guide-your-wellness/
10/29/2020
Wellness Tools: 8 Principals to Guide Your Wellness - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

8 Principals to Guide Your Wellness-

https://peersnet.org/2020/10/29/wellness-tools-8-principals-to-guide-your-wellness/

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Heather Riemer 8 Principals to Guide Your Wellness Sometimes it is difficult to make it through the day when you have mental health challenges, or even if you don’t! ...

When was the last time you sat down with a good book? Recent studies show that reading is now being prescribed for many ...
10/27/2020
Bibliotherapy to Nourish Mental Health during this Moment in History - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

When was the last time you sat down with a good book? Recent studies show that reading is now being prescribed for many mental health conditions during this time.

https://peersnet.org/2020/10/27/bibliotherapy-to-nourish-mental-health-during-this-moment-in-history/

#mentalhealth #reading

By Leah Harris Bibliotherapy is a practice dating back to ancient times, acknowledging the healing properties of engagement with books. In the UK, reading is currently being “prescribed” in a pilot program for the treatment of behavioral health conditions and chronic pain. And according to a rec...

Today’s Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Communications Coordinator, Joshua Walters.Thanks Joshua!
10/22/2020

Today’s Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Communications Coordinator, Joshua Walters.

Thanks Joshua!

10/19/2020
Need a good laugh to get you through these trying times? PEERS is partnering with The Oakland Comedy Festival, coming to...
10/19/2020
Oakland Comedy Festival -Oct. 24th - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Need a good laugh to get you through these trying times? PEERS is partnering with The Oakland Comedy Festival, coming to you virtually Oct. 24th. #rootedinfunny

https://peersnet.org/2020/10/19/oakland-comedy-festival-oct-24th/

From the New York Times Article “Try Laughter, in Trying Times” (full article: Here) Some enlightened doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through this seemingly never-ending pandemic: Try a little laughter. Humor is not just a distraction from the grim...

Today's Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Communications Coordinator, Joshua Walters. Thanks Joshua!
10/16/2020

Today's Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Communications Coordinator, Joshua Walters. Thanks Joshua!

"Nearly half of all lifetime mental illness cases in the U.S. begin by age 14, yet 79% of the youth in need of care don’...
10/15/2020
allcove | Project

"Nearly half of all lifetime mental illness cases in the U.S. begin by age 14, yet 79% of the youth in need of care don’t access it."

https://www.ideo.org/project/allcove

As of August 2018, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services—in collaboration with the Stanford Psychiatry Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing—secured state approval to use $15 million to open two integrated youth mental health clinics. But they’re probably not what you’re picturi...

As this year plunges ahead we are  on the threshold of yet another holiday season...
10/14/2020
Sneak Preview: Yet Another Holiday Season - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

As this year plunges ahead we are on the threshold of yet another holiday season...

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Portia Lee Greetings, Blessings and Happy October to you and yours. As this year plunges ahead we are  on the threshold of yet another holiday season. One that comes wi...

Peers in California achieved a major victory on September 25, 2020, when Governor Newsom signed SB 803 into law.
10/13/2020
PEERS Perspectives: A Victory for Peer Support - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Peers in California achieved a major victory on September 25, 2020, when Governor Newsom signed SB 803 into law.

PEERS Perspectives is a blog series that offers thoughts and reflections from our staff and community members on mental health, current events, and the ways they affect our lives. Today’s post on Mental Health perspective is written by Program Evaluation Specialist Sarah Marxer A Victory for Pe...

"I asked my grandmother, Nana, if she had any secrets for getting older. All she said was..."
10/12/2020
Wellness Tools: Nana's Advice - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

"I asked my grandmother, Nana, if she had any secrets for getting older. All she said was..."

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Joshua Walters I asked my grandmother, Nana, on the week of her 100th birthday if she had any secrets for getting older. All she said was that she takes it one day at a ...

Today’s WRAP® affirmation was contributed byKenneth Kozi Arrington, Programs Outreach Coordinator. Thanks Kozi!
10/09/2020

Today’s WRAP® affirmation was contributed by
Kenneth Kozi Arrington, Programs Outreach Coordinator. Thanks Kozi!

In WRAP we create a Crisis Plan that lists our supporters. Has your Crisis Plan had to be changed because of COVID-19?
10/07/2020
WRAP Sneak Preview: Crisis Plan - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

In WRAP we create a Crisis Plan that lists our supporters. Has your Crisis Plan had to be changed because of COVID-19?

PEERS is supporting you through your WRAP® journey with daily blog posts. On Wednesdays, we provide sneak previews of what you can expect when you join one of our ongoing WRAP® groups. This week’s sneak preview is a Values Clarification worksheet from PEERS Programs Outreach Coordinator and Adva...

Ever want to escape the U.S.? A colleague did just that. I wrote him a letter to summarize the current situation back ho...
10/06/2020
PEERS Perspectives: An Open Letter to Alex Mandel - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Ever want to escape the U.S.? A colleague did just that. I wrote him a letter to summarize the current situation back home.

PEERS Perspectives is a blog series that offers thoughts and reflections from our staff and community members on mental health, current events, and the ways they affect our lives. Today’s post is written by Communications Coordinator Joshua Walters Alex, Whenever it seems like this country is goi...

There are two full moons this month. The Harvest Moon was a great time to use the wellness tool of breath work and medit...
10/05/2020
WRAP® Wellness Tools: Harvest Full Moon Meditation, Light Hope & Peace - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

There are two full moons this month. The Harvest Moon was a great time to use the wellness tool of breath work and meditation. Here's a short video guild if you need grounding...

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. By Kenneth Kozi Arrington Using meditation as a wellness tool allows one to go within, quiet the mind and release tension, apprehension, and fear, as well as soothe on...

Today’s Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Zakiya Johnson. Thanks Zakiya!
10/02/2020

Today’s Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Zakiya Johnson. Thanks Zakiya!

MENTAL NOTES is a one-day virtual concert organized by @HotTopic on #WorldMentalHealthDay 10/10 hosted by @MikeyWay and ...
10/01/2020
Mental Notes | Hot Topic

MENTAL NOTES is a one-day virtual concert organized by
@HotTopic
on #WorldMentalHealthDay 10/10 hosted by
@MikeyWay
and featuring performances by several artists. Proceeds will go back to Mental Health for America.

More info: http://hottopic.com/mentalnotes. #mentalhealthisahottopic

Shop for the latest mental notes, pop culture merchandise, gifts & collectibles at Hot Topic! From mental notes to tees, figures & more, Hot Topic is your one-stop-shop for must-have music & pop culture-inspired merch. Shop Hot Topic today!

You’ve probably heard of the menopause in women, but did you know men go through a similar hormonal change as they age?
09/30/2020
Understanding the male menopause and mental health

You’ve probably heard of the menopause in women, but did you know men go through a similar hormonal change as they age?

You’ve probably heard of the menopause in women, but did you know men go through a similar hormonal change as they age? The male menopause, or andropause, is often triggered when men reach their 40s.

"2020 has been a year of change for all of us. While many of the changes have been challenging and stressful, others hav...
09/29/2020
PEERS Perspectives: Transitions at PEERS - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

"2020 has been a year of change for all of us. While many of the changes have been challenging and stressful, others have left us feeling hopeful for positive transformation in our communities and our personal lives."

PEERS Perspectives is a blog series that offers thoughts and reflections from our staff and community members on mental health, current events, and the ways they affect our lives. Today’s post is written by PEERS Interim Executive Director Jules Plumadore. 2020 has been a year of change for all of...

Looking for something good to read? We've got you covered especially when it comes to short stories. For many reading ca...
09/28/2020
WRAP® Wellness Tools: Reading - PEERS Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services

Looking for something good to read? We've got you covered especially when it comes to short stories. For many reading can be a wellness tool. #read

For more WRAP® support, visit PEERS’ WRAP® Program webpage, download the WRAP® app, and find out more about WRAP® online. Wellness Tools Contributed by PEERS Office Coordinator Tasha Ceyan I’ve been an avid reader since I learned to read as a small child. I love all styles of writing fro...

Today's Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Portia Lee. Thanks Portia!
09/25/2020

Today's Affirmation for the Weekend was contributed by, Portia Lee. Thanks Portia!

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PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. Our mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. We create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences to eliminate stigma and discrimination.

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