Yasmin Flasterstein is a young, latinx leader in the mental health and LGBTQ+ community. In college, she brought membership of a mental health advocacy group from 20 to over 200 members in a semester. Since then, Yasmin has worked as a Behavioral Health Technician and Milieu Coordinator at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services and as the Program Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida’s Orlando United Counseling Program where she was responsible for supporting those directly and indirectly affected by the Pulse tragedy through the organization of long-term counseling, community workshops and through advocating for the rights of affected communities.
Yasmin is now the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Peer Support Space, Inc. which works to build diverse peer recovery communities for communities most deeply impacted by mental health challenges and with the least access to resources. Since being founded in 2019, Peer Support Space has reached over 3,500 individuals, held over 200 events, gained a social media following of over 40,000 individuals, and opened Central Florida’s first Peer Drop-In Center.
Yasmin is a certified WRAP Facilitator, is the Community Engagement Committee Chair for the One Orlando Alliance, facilitator of Butterfly Talks, and a founding leader of Orlando Trans Collective. She sits on the Board of Directors for Peer Support Coalition of Florida and previously for Youth MOVE National. Yasmin has received countless recognitions including getting recognized as a Everyday Hero by News 13, 2019’s Most Remarkable People and LGBTQ+ Leaders of Tomorrow by Watermark and having her biography read into the congressional record for Women’s History Month.
Yasmin is openly bisexual and is passionate about advocating against bi-erasure within the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, she is passionate about breaking the mental health stigma that leaves people suffering alone and not seeking out help. Yasmin has PTSD, Dissociative Disorder and is a suicide survivor and uses this experience as a peer, and supporting other peer professionals, to help others. In her spare time, Yasmin enjoys musicals, making collages, and playing with her dog DeeDee.