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Juan Velez Court is a person in long-term recovery from a mental illness. Residing in Puerto Rico, Velez has consistently provided public awareness through media outlets and public speaking in academic environments, community organizations and events and behavioral health facilities, in hopes of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and to give a positive message to those afraid to speak up about their lived-experience.

He's a member of multiple committees, including SAMHSA's Recovery Month board, co-chair of a Recovery Summit Board, the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and co-founded the peer-lead organization "NuestraMente" in 2011, which facilitates support groups for consumers and families, and develops presentations and tools for the local Hispanic community. In 2013, he began to work as a Community Coordinator for a Systems of Care Program in Puerto Rico, and has collaborated with SAMHSA and ABT Associates to identify Hispanic-serving Behavioral Health Organizations across the nation.

His goal through Youth MOVE is to reassure there is a sustainable platform where youth and young adults can feel comfortable in their recovery process, have consistent support from peers and reaffirm that youth and young adults have a voice and decision-making power within the Behavioral Health system.

 

Juan's experience makes him a dynamic addition to your work.

(Terms in bold denote primary topics.)

Mental Health Awareness Recovery
Youth Voice  Latino Culture Lived Experience

 

 


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