Teana Edwards, PWS
Peer Wellness Specialist for Multnomah County Mental Health Court
Teana has dealt with a lot from a young age, with her grandmother and father both struggling with substance use and mental health issues. Her mental health challenges started around age eleven after her grandfather died, and at the same time that her mother was facing thirty years to life in prison. These interactions with law enforcement through her family members led to her pursuing degrees in human services, health care studies and social & criminal justice.
Teana identifies as being on a road to recovery, because she feels with mental challenges there is no full recovery, just management of symptoms and a lot of self-care with a support system. She believes that recovery from criminology and mental challenges looks different for each individual, but her goal is to come alongside her peers in order to show them what health and success looks like according to their definition. She is excited to work with the Multnomah County Mental Health Court team.