We all deserve to be our most authentic selves, and as a grassroots movement, we need to create a system that supports this. By “authentic selves” I mean that we are truly connected to our emotions, our physical experiences, what’s going on around us and inside of us. We would be a healthier society, both physically and mentally, if we focused on the caregiving of our society. — Haydée Cuza
Haydée Cuza is the executive director of Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services (PEERS) in Oakland, California. In part one of this two-part series, Haydée shares the work of PEERS and the need for building an effective grassroots mental health movement. PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. They provide community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences and eliminate stigma and discrimination.
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