By Gayle Bluebird

History connects us with our past, with those who have gone before us and those who have earned remembrance. Persons currently working as peer providers, including peer specialists, may not be  aware of the rich history to which they now belong. The purpose of this account is to review the early history of the “Consumer/Survivor”Movement” so that peers can learn about their roots, where they came from as it applies to their work today. It is time to pay tribute and to honor those early pioneers who created the path so that we could someday benefit and continue the journey.

History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement (PDF)

(Japanese translation) – History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement (PDF, 472KB, 4 pages)