When the Willard Psychiatric Center in New York closed its doors in 1995, an interesting discovery was made. Four hundred suitcases were found from the late 19th to mid-20th century in an abandoned attic. PEERS had the honor of being part of the exhibit “The Changing Face of What is Normal” at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, where we were able to see the suitcases and personal belongings firsthand from Willard. Darby Penney, a senior research associate with Advocates for Human Potential, presented on the lives of some of the patients whose suitcases were discovered.
Everyone with a mental health challenge deserves freedoms that those without mental health challenges have, but it will only happen with active efforts from every member of our community, according to Paolo Del Vecchio, Director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA..
In the opening keynote address of Alternatives 2013 in Austin, Del Vecchio compared the future of the consumer rights movement to the popular Dr. Seuss tale, Horton Hears A Who.
Shine, the PEERS-produced documentary focusing on TAY recovering from mental health challenges born from trauma, was recently recognized with an honorable mention by SAMHSA’s Voice Awards.
Held annually, the Voice Awards seek to honor entertainment leaders who portray mental health positively and accurately and consumers who share their personal stories of recovery in an effort to reduce discrimination and stereotypes about people with mental health issues.
After months of collaboration, a new exhibit called "The Changing Face of What Is Normal" debuted at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco in April. The exhibit, which analyzes how society defines, categorizes, and treats those who fall outside conceptions of normal behavior, features two members of the PEERS team who share their experiences with mental illness.
More than 550 people from the Bay Area braved a cold and foggy morning on Friday, May 10 to partake in the second annual Walk/Move for Health at Lake Merritt. The event, which aims to bring widespread awareness to the link between mental and physical health and encourage community support for healthy living, was held as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Sponsored by the Alameda County 10x10 Wellness Campaign, PEERS, and Children's Hospital Oakland, the day featured line dancing, tai chi, Zumba for...
Members of the Transitional Age Youth Initiative, a collaboration between PEERS and Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services that focuses on empowering young adults and actively involving them in systems change, were presented with the Community Service Award in the Child/Adolescence category on Wednesday, May 1. Granted by the Alameda County Mental Health Board at the Senior Community Center in San Leandro, the award is designed to recognize outstanding contributions to the mental health field in Alameda...