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Peer Support Space was founded as a peer-led organization, that exists outside of the current system, where we use our lived experience to support and hold space for one another as we navigate our unique journeys with life struggles, mental illness and/or substance misuse challenges, neurodivergence, disability, grief, trauma, or other obstacles to mental wellness. We use, and help others use, the power of lived experience to support, educate, and guide one another while providing additional, free options for mental wellness.
Our mission is to build, and be a local hub for, diverse peer-led recovery communities.
Peer Support Space is 100% led for and by those with lived experience and their loved ones. All of our services and advocacy initiatives are led for and by those the services are intended for. Every community is unique and nobody can understand needs, culture, and nuances like members from the community itself. Due to this, we don’t just focus on training people with lived mental health experiences, we focus on uplifting individuals from diverse backgrounds and host services created and led by and for the communities they serve.
We acknowledge that the current mental health system continues to repeatedly fail specific communities disproportionately. We focus on catching individuals that fall through the cracks of our mental health system. We help those (18+) navigating mental illness and/or substance misuse challenges, neurodivergence, disability, grief, trauma, or other obstacles to mental wellness. This is done while focusing on Black, Latinx, immigrant, LGBTQ+, disabled folx, and other communities that show statistically higher rates of mental health challenges and/or lack of access to affordable and accessible mental wellness options that practice cultural humility. Those traditionally accessing mental health services, including peer services, are affluent, cisgender, heterosexual, and white. At Peer Support Space, we have a deep focus on diversity and filling gaps for services that, just, don't exist. We consistently do community needs assessments to identify who lacking access to mental health services so we can support those communities in creating their own peer-led recovery resources.
Advocacy: Challenging oppressive, discriminatory systems and educating for the advancement of those with obstacles to mental wellness.
Hope: Reminding folks that they are not alone in their struggles.
Inclusivity: Intentionally creating spaces that welcome those of all sexual orientations, genders, ages, and disabilities as well as those with diverse neurological, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds.
Innovation: Using evidence-based research while still pushing limits to be creative in building new ways to educate, advocate, and achieve mental wellness and advocacy.
Leading with Love: Intentionally practicing radical kindness and compassion in leadership and in our interactions with others.
Mutuality: Striving for collaborative, empathetic relationships where everyone matters; everyone is equal.
Self-determination: We honor that every individual is their own expert and has the right to make their own choices and control their healing including how they explain, understand or address their lived experience, mental health and identities.
At Peer Support Space we understand that navigating obstacles to mental wellness, or just honestly being a human being, can bring up big feelings. We honor those feelings and seek to cultivate spaces where mutuality, respect, and compassion combine so that healing can happen. Sometimes, the most powerful thing is to be in space with others and be met with nonjudgement and empathy. Reaching out for help can be scary, if we can answer any of your questions or do anything to help you feel comfortable, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by emailing Dandelion@PeerSupportSpace.org
so, all our services are no-cost to utilize. Affordability is only a part of accessibility. If you have any accessibility needs that we can support please email Dandelion@PeerSupportSpace.org
We believe all folks have equal value and we step away from labels like client, patient or consumer and strive to create mutual relationships centered around lived experience and self-determination. It is an honor to be able to connect with, learn from, support, and uplift our community members as they navigate various seasons of their lives.
Peer Support Space acknowledges that we work on the land of the Seminole people. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present, and acknowledge that the work of Peer Support Space in Central Florida takes place on the Unconquered Seminole Tribe land. More information about Seminole Tribe can be found: https://www.semtribe.com/STOF
We provide peer-led gatherings, a drop-in center, community-led advocacy initiatives, and are working towards opening overnight peer respite services.
As a community-led organization, we welcome anyone that heals from helping to join our efforts. Donors, volunteers, community partners, sponsors, items, professional services, community-led committees, and mental health advocates all make this work possible. Learn more about getting involved here.
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