2018: The Possibilities of our Abilities – We are the Resources for Healing Ourselves


About the INAUGURAL Convergence

The convergence was a huge success. The first of its kind for people from the pacific jurisdictions. With 50 attendees, the convergence brought together people with their own lived experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges (peers), their families, service providers and other allies. Participants from Palau, Guam, Northern Marianas, the mainland US and as far away as New Zealand shared their cultural knowledge and experiences related to recovery and healing.


Participants at the convergence:

  • Gained an understanding that recovery/healing from mental health and/or substance abuse challenges is possible

  • Gained an understanding of peer support and its benefits

  • Developed a network/community of peers by understanding they are not alone and that their greatest strength is each other

  • Come together as peers to celebrate their similarities and differences; the diversity and richness of the region

  • Learnt to advocate for themselves

  • Learnt tactics to tackle the issues related to stigma, self-stigma and discrimination


Stay tuned for the 2019 announcement