Welcome to the July edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!
The STAR Center was in the US Virgin Islands this month! The process of building a community level focus on mental health through the collective voices of lived experience leaders is underway. This month we met with the Disability Rights Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council and community leaders in St. Croix, recorded a radio program and convened an evening public community meeting on St. Thomas.
Pictured below from left to right are: Archie Jennings, Malik Stridirow, Amelia Headley LaMont, Sherilyn Pogson, Vincent Francis, Patricia Steele, Iris Bermudez, Wendy Wong, Rachel Pakenham, Chacku Mathai
Pictured with Sherilyn Pogson and Archie Jennings is Carnell Troutman
Pictured with Chacku Mathai are Dale Garee and Ryan Simeina
Our visit and related meetings also received positive attention in the media via interviews with reporters from the Source, a paper in the Virgin Islands. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to meet with peer leaders who are interested in building a peer support network in the US Virgin Islands with hopes of empowering a strong lived experience leadership network. Read more