The “Spotlight” series by Peer Perspectives highlights the hard work done by staff, volunteers, and affiliates within the Strength In Peers network. We recently interviewed Director of Outreach, Angela M. Carter.
Carter’s work includes building partnerships with community agencies and developing public awareness and education campaigns on behavioral health topics. She also represents Strength In Peers at community and fundraising events.
1. What would be the title of your autobiography?
“You have seen my descent, now watch my rising.” -Rumi
It’s one of my favorite quotes of all time.
2. When you have free-time, what do you like to do?
Outside of time with my family, I write poetry, enjoy gardening, painting, photography and increasing the number of books I own, and have read, on my bookshelves.
3. What three traits define you?
Empathic, gracious, helper
4. What is your personal philosophy?
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”” -Fred Rogers
My philosophy is: I want to always be a helper. Always.
5. Where is your favorite place to be? Why?
More than anywhere, I like to be with my family (wherever that may be). For personal reflection and growth, I can’t think of a better place to be than sitting in the wilderness with a good book in my hands. In my younger years, I wasn’t comfortable with spending time with myself; now, I embrace solitude as much as I can.
6. How do you define success?
Doing our best each moment. (And when we feel that we’ve fallen short of that, starting over the next moment, the next hour, the next day, etc.)
7. What advice would you give yourself at age 13?
I know you feel like you want to give up, but find a way to harvest this fire and use it to help change the world for the better. Use that fire to brighten the world, one moment at a time.
8. If you could have lunch with anyone, alive or passed, who would it be?
My Grandfather, George. I only knew him for a short time in my life, but I remember his values and kindness fondly.
9. What is the best book you have ever read?
Depending on the day this may change. As an avid booklover I couldn’t possibly name just one. I most often read fiction, poetry and nonfiction that are confessional, honest and about the human experience.
10. What is your favorite thing about working at Strength In Peers?
I never feel alone in my experiences–and we never want anyone else to feel alone in what they’re experiencing. I’m dedicated to connecting to others and raising awareness about what it’s truly like to live with a mental health issue/illness. Stigma needs to fear this organization!