Peer Support Space was created by Co-Founders Dandelion Hill and Yasmin Flasterstein. The two met while working at a mental health nonprofit, where they both led the creation and management of a program that was created in response to the Pulse tragedy to help provide free services to those affected while destigmatizing mental health in the LGBTQ+, Latinx and Black communities.
Dandelion has navigated their own obstacles to mental wellness as a survivor of domestic violence, childhood sexual assault, and suicidality. Yasmin is also inspired by her personal background which includes experience as a suicide survivor, and a person living with cPTSD and Dissociative Disorder. While they both share unique and personal stories, they both felt peer services kept them alive during their darkest moments struggling with suicidality.
Inspired by the power of lived experience, today, they share the challenges they have navigated with others to inspire hope and instill the belief that recovery is possible, that you can get well despite mental illness, despite difficult life circumstances.
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.
Dandelion (they/them) is a neurodivergent, Bisexual, nonbinary healer who is deeply rooted in providing compassionate care and challenging the oppressive system that comprises our current mental health infrastructure and psychiatric industrial complex. They have lived experience surviving domestic violence and childhood trauma that has offered a framework for their recovery work alongside other folks.
They are an Advisory Council member for Social Workers for Anti-Racist Educators and a Masters of Social Work graduate from the University of Central Florida.
While they are both Florida State Certified as Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and Nationally Certified Peer Specialist through Mental Health America, they acknowledge that these certifications aren’t necessary for one to be a good peer and that lived experience coupled with compassion, humility, and authenticity are more importantly at the foundation of all they do. At the end of the day, their degree and credentialing is merely another tool in their arsenal when speaking as a mediator between the current clinical infrastructure as an advocate for peers.
Ultimately, Dandelion is passionate about uplifting emotional justice and cultivating peer support resources that center lived experience and unique community needs.
Yasmin (she/her) is a middle eastern, bisexual, latinx, woman that is passionate about breaking the mental health stigma that leaves people suffering alone and not seeking out help. Yasmin's personal and professional experiences led her to be an advocate and leader for mental health advocacy, particularly within LGBTQ+ and other historically marginalized communities.
She is passionate about breaking the mental health stigma that leaves people suffering alone and not seeking out help while also working to break barriers keeping people from receiving quality, accessible services.
Yasmin is a founding member of Orlando Trans Collective and sits on the Board of Directors for Peer Support Coalition of Florida, One Orlando Alliance, and Central Florida Cares Health System.
Yasmin has received countless recognitions including getting recognized as a Everyday Hero by News 13, 2019’s Most Remarkable People and LGBTQ+ Leaders of Tomorrow by Watermark and having her biography read into the congressional record for Women’s History Month. In her spare time, Yasmin enjoys dancing, singing, dark humor, making collages, and playing with her dog DeeDee.