PEERS Board member Chad Saunders was appointed Interim Board President on Jan. 13, 2014. Saunders is replacing the previous Board President, Luther Jessie, who passed away unexpectedly the first week of January.
The priority for Saunders, who has been a member of the PEERS Board for two years, is to provide good leadership and organization.
"I hope to continue Luther's great example in serving as Board President," Saunders said. "My main priority is to quickly be able to provide stability, continuity, and...
PEERS is sad to bid farewell to friend, supporter, and Board President Luther Jessie, who passed away on January 6, 2014.
Jessie, a community activist who was passionate about mental health and substance abuse, was the Division Director of Residential Services and Program Director of Project Pride at the East Bay Community Recovery Project, one of the largest co-occurring service providers in Alameda County. Project Pride is a residential program that assists women (and their children) with mental health, alcohol and other drug...
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.