My Story


Please watch this short video to learn more about my own recovery story.

It started as panic attacks that became so severe that I couldn’t get out of bed.  I was in college and terrified.  Slowly, what became diagnosed as bipolar 2 disorder started to take over my life, until I just couldn’t function.  After at least a dozen hospitalizations, I was interviewed to be locked away in the state psychiatric hospital, without an end date in site.  I knew that I didn’t want this outcome, and that I had talents that I wanted to use to make a difference in this world.  So began my journey to wellness and recovery, and a happier, healthier life than I ever thought I could attain.  I’m living proof that recovery is 100% possible!

Training and Experience:

Emily Grossman is a peer specialist, trainer, speaker, and author. She currently works for The Jewish Board as an Organizational Development Specialist with a focus on Recovery and the Peer Workforce. In this role, Emily trains the agency’s three thousand employees, including peer specialist, therapists, psychiatrists, and other practitioners about how to implement recovery-oriented care in their work. She also has developed and implemented a successful Peer Training Program at her agency, which consists of eight classes for peers and three for their supervisors.

Additionally, Emily has her own private peer specialist practice, where she sees young adults and adults with behavioral health struggles, and helps to inspire them by sharing her own experience and giving them hope that recovery is possible for them, too.

Emily also speaks around the country about mental health recovery. She has spoken at such venues as Columbia University, NYU, Rutgers, and the Mental Health Association’s National Conference.

Prior to her work for The Jewish Board, Emily worked as a trainer for the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry where she helped to bring a recovery lens to OnTrackNY and OnTrackUSA, a program for working with youth with a first episode of psychosis which has been replicated all around the country.

Before this, Emily got her start in training at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (NYAPRS), where she was responsible for training mental health practitioners all across New York City and Long Island.

Before training, Emily began her work as a peer specialist working in community mental health where she served as a peer specialist for Care Plus NJ and the Mental Health Association in NJ.

Emily is a blogger for Huffington Post where she writes about her own recovery from bipolar disorder as well as writes to help de-stigmatize mental illness. She has also written two books about how to recover from mental illness- one for adults, and the other for teens and ‘tweens.

Emily is certified as a peer specialist through the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board. She also is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, and has a Masters in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a Bachelors from Rutgers University. While Emily brings years of experience to each person that she works with, more importantly, she also brings her heart.