I’ve been working in the mental health field since 2007 starting with NAMI as their Peer PALS Coordinator matching consumers for mutual support to increase their hope and help them re-engage with the community. Then I worked as Clinic Peer Support Lead for the County of Santa Clara helping to integrate peer providers with treatment teams in our County clinics.
Currently I work at Zephyr Self Help Center. There I lead a dance activity and a group called “Transforming the System” which supports the development of peers to become leaders and advocate for our public health system to include our voices in decisions about our care. And, as Pat said, to be kinder, gentler, and full of hope.
I also publish a quarterly newsletter which gives consumers a platform to share stories and engage in advocacy.
And I serve with NorCal Mental Health America as an ACCESS Ambassador speaking up at public meetings and mentoring consumers to become effective advocates. We are (re)building our movement in California!
Why did I become a Personal Medicine Coach? Desire to disrupt the system comes to mind! I’m tired of people being told they have nothing to look forward to except taking their medication and living in board and care! A family member and I were each, in our own turn, given a poor prognosis. And both proved them wrong! Also, I want to improve the way I support my peers who come to the self-help center. And, honestly, I can stand to re-connect with my inner wisdom by learning how best to discover and use my own Personal Medicine.