HI EVERYONE! My name is Howard Diamond. Starting in November 2017, I have been a New York State Certified Peer Specialist, and I reside on Long Island. For over twenty-five years, my work life and experiences have been centered around the Mental Health Field.

Currently, I write for the Academy of Peer Services Virtual Community Blog, which provides online webinar training for individuals who desire to become Certified Peer Specialists. Also, I am a lifetime member of the International Association of Peer Supporters.

Right now, in 2020, I am unemployed. Previously, I was employed by the Federation of Organizations from 2016 to 2019 as a Housing Peer Specialist and the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Consumer Link covering 19 years, 5 months during the period of 1994 to 2014 as a Peer Specialist, and during the early time, my role as an Assistant Case Manager.

Over the last twenty years, I have written articles mostly about how my life and as a Certified Peer Specialist evolved in the Mental Health Field. During that time, my work has been published in various companies. These include newsletters, including iNaps, now Naps, Academy of Peer Services Virtual Community, Consumer Link Newspaper, and Central Nassau Guidance Newsletter. I am on several blogs, mostly about Mental Wellness, like NYC City Voices, Mental Health Affairs, and Psychreg.

Since June 12, 2015, I have been single. On that date, my significant other, Maureen, died. Maureen and I had no children. Life has been a struggle, but I persevere and use my resilience to get through each day.

Years earlier, I graduated with a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Long Island University, C.W. Post College. My writing gives me the freedom to express myself, stay, be safe, relax from my anxieties and obsessive thoughts, and enjoy my life. See you on the site.



                   from LYNBROOK, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK

Howard Diamond CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

Howard Diamond CPS (Certified Peer Specialist)

Howard Diamond, CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) is a hardworking Editorial Board Member and eager contributor to Mental Health Affairs. He has worked in various settings all over Long Island and New York State where he resides. His articles are layered with incredible profound insights into his health and state of being, which resonate with his audience do deeply struggling with their mental health and connection to the bigger world. Howard has a dedicated following of readers and he also writes for other websites on his lived experience and ongoing thoughts on mental health. We are happy to have him working with the site and being so gracious with his time, energy, and dedication to our site.

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