Peer Support Activist Ziona Rivera
Ziona Rivera is a self published Author and Peer Support Activist. She is most known for writing controversial works such as Love & Suicide(2015) that talks about spirituality, love, suicide contemplation, and more. Ziona has always been a gifted writer since the young age of 6. With her mother into journaling, it came natural to her. In 2005, Ziona was diagnosed with Insomnia and was experiencing behavioral health issues throughout her adolescent years. Struggling with Insomnia, she spent her long sleepless nights writing and studying astrology. She was later diagnosed with Social Anxiety and Bipolar during her first stay on a Psychiatric Inpatient Adolescent Unit. In 2011, Ziona was diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder. Determined to be the best writer she could be she decided to stay away from the streets and master her craft. Ziona then published her first book in 2012 titled Da Vision: The Veil; but has republished it as The Mental Stigma (2017).
For the last 2 years, Ziona has geared all her efforts into peer support and takes any given opportunity to run peer groups on inpatient units around Massachusetts. She advocates for the mental health community in such a creative way she says, “I won’t stop until people living with mental diagnosis no longer live with the stigma of being incapable to function in society.”