Substance Use Disorder

The graduates of the 2022 SPIRIT program — now certified peer support providers — at their 2022 commencement ceremony on July 27. Photo: CRE8R Marketing and Creative Agency, LLC

Can Peers Power the Mental Health Workforce of the Future?

Peer support providers have the potential to play an important role in the mental health field, not only because they can help fill the gap in the workforce, but also because they have something unique to offer. Their lived experience working to recover from mental health or substance use challenges gives them insights they can offer to others in similar situations.

Dan at the age of 12

My Mental Health Journey: Dan Tibbits chooses connection through his recovery

Sacramento County resident Dan Tibbits is 30 years in recovery from substance use disorder, with the support of 12 Step Recovery. He was dual-diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 33. Dan shares his story to create a sense of connection and hope for others struggling with substance use disorder or mental illness.

California State of Mind Essentials #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

What is mental health?

Only one-third of Californians who live with a mental illness receive the care they need. Our healthcare system often intervenes only when mental illness becomes serious or, in some cases, does not intervene at all. During Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re highlighting the need in our mental health system to prioritize reaching people early, talking about mental health and equipping them with the tools needed to maintain it. An essential step for people is understanding what mental health is and the differences between mental health, mental illness, and substance use disorders.

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