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#PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center Changes, Peers Respond

Peer and #PeersAtTheTable Campaign Extraordinaire, Ashli Moore, interviews folks at Blue Sky Wellness Center about the changes made to services and support.

Um, to note, peers aren’t thrilled.

#nothingaboutuswithoutus #peersatthetable



Badass Firefly Sheds Some Light On NAMI Board Candidate Jaffe


Badass Firefly Writes | I have followed DJ on Facebook for many years. I find his mentalillnesspolicy.org website amazing in it’s breadth and depth. A lot of his positions are backed by data, science, and very careful policy analysis.

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#PeersAtTheTable | Anon Letter by Previously Homeless Blue Sky Member

Letter | #PeerVoice

blueskymainI was referred to Blue Sky Wellness Center as a homeless person with major depression anxiety.

This center, where peer support is encouraged, is a resource center not all communities have. Within it I found a safe haven where I could work on my whole health and find housing. Their acceptance helped me regain my wellness and learn to be able to advocate for myself and my community. Continue reading #PeersAtTheTable | Anon Letter by Previously Homeless Blue Sky Member

#PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center: We Want Our Home Back | 156 Peer Signatures

Ashli Moore
Ashli Moore >>  Badass Community Organizer | AmericanBadassAdvocates.org

A letter written by advocate and peer, Ashli Moore, was submitted to the editor at The Fresno Bee.

She wrote the letter to highlight #peervoice about the changes at Blue Sky Wellness Center in Fresno, CA.

That letter is not available to be read yet — but here are the signatures from our community of peers asking the County of Fresno and Kingsview Behavioral Health Systems to put #PeersAtTheTable and bring back our home. Continue reading #PeerVoice | Blue Sky Wellness Center: We Want Our Home Back | 156 Peer Signatures

Call-to-Action | Fresno County Put Peers At The Table #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs

By Eve Hinson, Badass Founder & Contributor | AmericanBadassAdvocates.org >> @badassadvocate | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr

Blue Sky Wellness Center was a refuge for me after my discharge from the psych ward for suicide compulsion in 2012.

When becoming a member, I was treated with respect and assured of a stigma-free zone. The reassurance, support and community has saved my life multiple times.

Today, I still find support in the network of peers I met then, and many have become a part of my extended family. More so, we’ve supported each other in our wellness journey, learned to share our stories via Each Mind Matters speaker training (2014) — and many of us have gone on to become certified as peer mentors, support specialists, educators, and a few have even returned to the workforce full-time.

Painfully, the culture and attitude of Blue Sky Wellness center has changed since my years of participation. Kingsview Behavioral Health Systems has disintegrated the peer-led recovery model to integrate a top-down management medical model. This has been done without the involvement of the center’s peer advisory council. Peers are being informed that it’s the City of Fresno demanding these changes. Something about them being out of compliance all these years and now needing to conform. Continue reading Call-to-Action | Fresno County Put Peers At The Table #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs