PEERS is a proud partner of the “No Stigma No Barriers” project.

Along with Youth in Mind, California Youth Connection, and Young Minds Advocacy, PEERS has been a part of the project since September 2017. This collaborative project aims to improve mental health outcomes and reduce stigma for Transition Age Youth (TAY). Please visit nostigmanobarriers.org for more information.

Yesterday, PEERS hosted a Youth Board meeting for the No Stigma No Barriers project. Representatives from all four partner organizations were in attendance. No Stigma No Barriers is youth directed and guided, since TAY youth are often disempowered from making their own choices about mental health support and care. We at PEERS believe that youth should be made aware of all available support resources, so that they can become the healthiest selves they can possibly be.

Youth Board meetings often include program updates, creative arts, self-advocacy, and public speaking components. This collaborative is made possible by a generous grant from Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.

“I want a mental health system where therapists can successfully communicate with youth. We can accomplish this through youth-led trainings that let young people share ideas on how we can improve services in their county.” – Jennifer Trujillo, 18 (CYC, Kings County)

“Stigma keeps people from being free. I got involved in the youth board to help young people talk about their mental health needs.” – Gabby Davis, 20 (PEERS, Alameda County)

PEERS’ Transition Age Youth (TAY)leadership program fosters community building and wellness for leadership mentees. This program provides a safe space to connect and heal with other young adults. Mentees exchange leadership skills and explore wellness solutions with the goal of collaborating to create a leadership toolkit/guidebook. TAY mentees then give back to their community by facilitating workshops and presentations. For more information about our TAY program, please contact Ashlee Jemmott at 510 832-7337 or ajemmott@peersnet.org