Our Mission & Vision

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 and 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.

Our Values:


We believe there is hope and that recovery is real and possible for everyone who experiences mental health challenges.


We collaborate with people with mental health lived experience, their families, mental health providers, and the community as a whole to transform the mental health system to a wellness, recovery, and resiliency model.


We focus on valuing and building on the multiple capacities, resiliencies, talents, abilities, and uniqueness of individuals.

Cultural Responsiveness

We value the strengths of our cultural and ethnic communities. We honor their voices, experiences, and leadership.

Lived Experience

We know each person is an expert on him- or herself and we know from our full range of lived experiences what works because we are the evidence!

Peer support

We provide mutual support, including the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills and social learning.

Social Inclusion

We strive to create a barrier-free community free from discrimination and stigma, where individuals labeled as "mentally ill" are included and treated with dignity, compassion, mutual respect, and unconditional high regard.


We are in control of our own lives and have voluntary choices and options in our community. We define our own life goals and design a unique path toward those goals.


We believe in increasing the spiritual, political, social, and economic strengths of individuals in recovery. This involves developing confidence in our own capacities.

Personal Responsibility

We take personal responsibility for our own self-development, self-care, and journey of recovery. Through actively engaging in our wellbeing, we increase our personal strengths.