Community plays a significant role in recovery. The hours spent with a mental health professional are relatively few compared to time outside of treatment. Being connected to a non-judgmental community can help fill that gap. It also gives a person a chance to work on their mental wellness with the support of others, reducing isolation and loneliness.
Shasta County is fortunate to have trained Peer Support Specialists and two wellness centers offering free support groups, workshops, trainings, and other activities that promote mental wellbeing. Services are free and anyone in the community can participate.
Peer support specialists have lived experience with mental illness, substance use, homelessness, the justice system, or a combination of these. They have sustained their own recovery and walk alongside people who are going through similar life challenges, offering emotional support and wellness tools. They often serve as a mediator between clients and professional staff, building trust and understanding.
A presentation by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration highlights various studies that show peer support is effective in:
HHSA Peer Support is available to clients who receive services through the agency. Additionally, HHSA helps fund community-based peer support, which is for everyone, and can be found at Sunrise Mountain Wellness Center in Redding and Circle of Friends in Burney.
Watch the video below to learn how peer support is transforming Shasta County.
A program of Kings View, Sunrise Mountain Wellness Center offers support for mental health and substance use recovery. The Center offers peer support, WRAP Wellness Recovery Action Plan workshops, support groups, job readiness, arts & crafts, and activities. All services are free.
The Center is is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and is located at 1300 Hilltop Dr. in Redding (behind Bank of America). Contact Jullie Calkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (530) 618-5630 for more information.