PEERS Stands Against Division

In light of the recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere in this country, PEERS has decided to take a public stand against all forms of racism and discrimination.

The United States has a long, sordid history of state-abetted violence and discrimination against minority communities of all different types, including against the mental health community. Violence and hatred affect us all. Discrimination and oppression against one group create a less open and peaceful society for everyone. It is our responsibility as societal stakeholders to champion social inclusion and diversity.

What is irrefutably clear from Charlottesville is that the anguish of America’s past is still very much part of our present. Societal trauma does not disappear overnight. Instead it smolders beneath the surface, passing silently from one generation to the next, boiling over during moments of collective crisis.

Fear and hatred arise from unresolved pain. Perhaps a trauma-informed approach to national discourse and introspection would help assuage many symptoms of our country’s shared suffering – past and present. Only then can we start to heal our imagined divisions and move forward as a people.

Stay woke, stay open, and remember that every action of love and kindness, no matter how small, sends forth ripples of hope.

Maintaining Wellness in Our Current Era

It’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is the first priority for ensuring a healthy, fair society. Without person wellness, there can be no sustainable effort to promote openness and acceptance in our communities.

These are trying times for many of us. News cycle after news cycle conveys genuinely alarming, emotionally draining information. It is easy to become numb and even indifferent to the onslaught of adverse current events.

The first step to overcoming that indifference is self-care. Focus on the wellness basics: prioritize stress-reduction, reach out to trusted friends and family-members, and remember that you know best when it comes to maintaining your own wellness.

Here are some resources that may help you feel empowered: