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Peer Perspective:

A Peer-to-Family Forum

A Gap in the Forest is furthering the mental health conversation with Peer Perspective. Peer Perspective bridges the communication gap between family and loved ones by providing an open forum for families to hear directly from adults living with mental health conditions. Our forums are intended to provide support, information, education. Our goal is to foster a sense of hope for all participants.



These forums were developed as a safe space for peers to openly share the details of their personal journeys to parents and loved ones who are struggling with the impact of mental health conditions within their families. Especially for those who are new to these unique and often traumatic and isolating challenges, our dialogues cultivate community and facilitate deeper understanding.


Facilitated by our Executive Director, Adam Sholder, our forums are offered for free, and feature peers from AGITF. We also welcome and encourage participation from peers
in your community to be included on our panels. If you are interested in bringing Peer Perspective to your organization, program, or community, please contact us for more information.


Jeff T.

I feel that peer to family communication is important for anyone living with a mental health condition. By sharing my experience, I hope to encourage others to live their life to the fullest.

Kate P.

Family and peer support has meant the difference between life and death to me, though I didn’t always see it that way. Sometimes it takes time to see the darkness in a different and more understanding light.

Mara G.

Being able to share my story with families who have loved ones going through similar battles as mine creates a space for understanding, support, and hope for all of us.
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