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.
Peers are people who have learned how to get well and stay well through community mental health resources. They are not therapists or case managers. They are people with lived experience recovering from mental health conditions who meet people where they are at on their mental health journey. They work with people to ensure their goals are always prioritized and help them become confident in their own care.
Peers come in many forms. Some are trained volunteers, and some are employed by county mental health or nonprofit wellness centers.
Learn more about the value of peer support.
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.