The following highlights Peer Support Space's impact in our first three years.
Peer services used over 15,000 times.
Our speaking engagements and advocacy initiatives have reached over 22,000 individuals.
Over 1,200 1:1 individual peer support sessions to date.
Over 2,300 Community Gatherings since March 2020
Peer-led recovery communities for 18 unique populations.
250 free boxes of food donated.
93% of individuals self report that Peer Support Space services improve their mental health.
100% of individuals self report that their knowledge of mental health resources expanded.
93% of individuals self report that they would recommend Peer Support Space's services to someone else.
“Peer Support Space is a beautiful organization ❤️ it’s so easy to get lost in the crowd and feel like no one cares to know you, but the people at Peer Support Space go out of their way to include anyone and everyone. It’s a beautiful resource that leaves lasting impacts on everyone involved. So glad it’s there!”
-Tiana Diaz, Be Kind to Your Mind Attendee
“This is a wonky time and my mental health has been a constant yo-yo. I don't know where the pressure to perform, be productive, and pretend that life is normal is coming from but nothing in my life are those things. I am exhausted. I am emotionally fragile. I am just trying to hang on while trying to be there for my friends and family. But let's be real: SHIT IS HARD. I honestly do not know what I would have done without this amazing group to support me. If you are finding yourself needing mental health support or just want a little face time with kind humans, come hang out”.
-Meg Sunga, Daily Communal Gatherings Attendee
"You have provided much needed support to many! This LMHC appreciates Peer Support Space :)"
-Maureen Huebel, LMHC, Miss Central Florida
"Peer Support Space has given me a free support system when I was at my lowest and had very little support. It gave me so much hope and a place to meet kind, likeminded people!"
-Anonymous, PSS Participant
"I live alone at the moment, so having a place to check in with others helps me feel less isolated, especially as I've gotten to know the other community members better over the last few months."
-Anonymous, PSS Participant
"After attending many meetings/gatherings, I found myself feeling better and not as isolated. These [digital] communal gatherings are really helpful in feeling connected with other people. The hosts also make it fun. So, thanks to Peer Support Space for organizing these meetings.”
-Anonymous, Community Gatherings Participant
“This group has made all the difference in the world. I attend every day for a few months now and everyone else who has attended at one point said how much this group helps them. Having a way to connect with people when you're alone and knowing support is there has saved lives. Without it things would be alot harder.”
-Anonymous, Daily Communal Gatherings Participant-
"We are building a culture and community we don'y have to be resilient against"
-Tamia McEwen, Peer Support Space Community Facilitator
"There is no barrier between client and provider because the facilitators are everyday people having the same sorts of experiences or identities as everyone else in their respective group."
“When I started my journey for acceptance and looking for support... I found a group of amazing humans that I consider my peers and family. Where I found acceptance and support... where everybody is accepted and respected. Now, I feel a part of the group and I feel accepted as who I am and that has helped me so much in my confidence and my own happiness.”
-Andrea Cadena, Butterfly Talks Attendee
“Peer Support Space is not only a beautiful idea, but an actual dream come true. We are so fortunate to have been given so many options for support here in Orlando. Cost is so often a barrier to healing. PSS makes help available to everyone.”
"Needed Peer Support Space desperately before they existed... so grateful to be giving back to a service that I know younger me was in need of"
-Mary, Peer Support Space Community Facilitator