Last Thursday and Friday, PEERS’ Transition Age Youth (TAY) Program hosted a retreat for the No Stigma No Barriers project — an online campaign that aims to connect TAY youth to mental health resources and improve wellness outcomes for the target demographic. Participants and organizers from the project’s partner organizations — California Youth Connection, Youth In Mind, and Young Minds Advocacy — also attended the retreat.

There are approximately 5,500,000 transition age youth (TAY), 16 – 25, in California. Many of them face significant mental health challenges or have prior mental health experiences. Please join us to #EndTheStigma.

On Thursday, the retreat participants attended an ice cream social, played video and board games, and went bowling at Plank in Oakland. On Friday, youth participants were asked to critically engage with various aspects of the project and consider three guiding questions:

  • Why mental health is important to you and your community?
  • What does advocacy look like to you?
  • What mental health related topics would you want to work on?

Please visit www.nostigmanobarriers.org for more information about this exciting project.