The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Boston Peer Support and Advocacy Network (PSAN used to hold its business meeting with speakers every 3rd Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Please note that there are no meetings at Center Club until further notice.

The meetings will now continue over Zoom every 3rd Thursday from 6:30pm-7:30pm with a shortened speaker period and plenty of time for questions and answers. The speaking series is co-sponsored by the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community.

April 15 6:30pm

Speaker: Melissa Talal

Melissa Talal, who is orginally from California and Texas, will tell her recovery story. Melissa will initially talk about the early years of her illness being encapsulated with multiple hospital stays although always doing something. At her sickest, however, she was able to intern at the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio and took graduate classes in Spanish linguistics. At that time she never thought she would get off disability and work full time.

Melissa will talk about her road to recovery. She moved to the Boston area in 2000 after living on Gould Farm for 10 months.Then she got in a long term relationship with her partner and adopted two cats, Lulu and Turbo and they were instrumental in her recovery. She was able to get a job at a movie theatre for many years but really wanted to work as a peer specialist. She has  now been working as a peer bridger and peer specialist for over three years the Northeast Recovery Learning Community. She is currently in graduate school at Northeastern where she is pursuing a master's in global studies/international relations. Dreams achieved!

May 20 6:30pm

Facilitator: Sandi Whitney-Sarles

I will be facilitating a listening group for up to 10 peer participants.  The listening group will focus on taking time to hear the ways an RLC currently meets the needs of peers and how it may improve in the future.  We are hoping to hear how to develop a more vibrant and diverse community.  We would also like to hear how creativity can foster hope, health and expression.  In order to register for this group, please call Sandi at 774-212-4519 or send an email to  The first 10 peers who sign up and attend will receive a $35 gift card for their participation.  I sure hope to see you there--Sandi.


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