Julian has worked in peer-run mental health for nearly a decade as an educator, advocate, storyteller, and recovery coach. His lived experience as queer and transgender and his 30+ year history of mental health challenges inform his knowledge of stigma and his deeply-held belief in the transformative power of recovery.
Before coming to PEERS, Jules worked extensively with peer-led supports for hoarding and cluttering. He was an original member of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco’s innovative Peer Response Team on Hoarding and Cluttering, and he supervised the Peer arm of the 3-year Help for Hoarding study, in partnership with UCSF and funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which demonstrated that peer-led treatment groups for hoarding and cluttering are therapeutically equivalent to clinician-led groups.
Jules has put his talent for communication to work as a trainer and public speaker. He has created and delivered a variety of recovery-focused trainings, including Language Matters, a training on changing the way we think about mental health by changing the way we talk about it. He has trained hundreds of Bay Area community members in supportive response to mental health crisis without police intervention, and was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2015 for his supportive crisis response work. He has also shared his personal story of mental health challenges, homelessness, and recovery with audiences throughout the Bay Area and with media publications including Al Jazeera America, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Believer magazine, and more.
As PEERS’ Community Engagement and Development Director, Jules focuses on expanding PEERS’ anti-stigma work through education, outreach, marketing, and communications. He lives in Oakland with his partner, Will, and their cat, Steve.