Peerlink Program Director
With more than twenty years of involvement in the Consumer/Survivor Movement, Donita Diamata is guided by values that have been influenced over the years through personal experiences as a mental health service recipient and through her experiences working in the mental health system. From these experiences that have spanned from the negative to positive, traumatic to uplifting, Donita has adopted in intuitive approach to how she offers support and how she develops programs.
Donita’s work experience includes providing direct peer-support, start-up and management of peer-run programs, individual advocacy, and advocacy for change in the mental health system. After working officially in both peer-run programs and in traditional mental health clinics and residential facilities, she continues to advocate for change that gives recipients options that work best for them. She also strongly advocates for evolution in the system that eliminates traumatic experiences sometimes found in mental health services. Rather, her vision is one of services that are holistic and life enriching. Her current role as Peerlink Director allows her to continue her passion for advocacy and support for peer-delivered services.