Thomas Cook, RSPS, MHPS is a Certified Recovery Support Peer Specialist and Mental Health Peer Specialist in the State of Texas. He currently serves as the Assistant to the Executive Director for Austin Mental Health Community at The SHAC. Thomas is a native New Yorker, brought to Texas through his time in the U.S. Army. Thomas has experience with both mental health and physical health challenges but doesn’t let those challenges become barriers to achieving new heights. Thomas is a father, a brother, a son, a veteran, and a peer. He is grateful for the experiences in his life, and along his recovery journey, that have molded him into the person his today.