GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – November is Men’s Mental Health Month, and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), an organization that campaigns for marginalized persons and communities, has expanded to assist those with mental health difficulties in rural Northern Nevada.
They have launched two Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (Douglas and Mineral County) with a state-funded grant to deliver person-centered, family-centered treatment, employing evidence-based techniques to empower individuals via accessible healthcare.
Woodrow Askin has struggled with mental health issues and substance misuse since a young age.
“I used to use drugs and had depression issues,” he said.
“There was a lack of information about the connection with mental health and substance abuse,” said Askin. “Many men think that that’s the only path is to use drugs and alcohol to cope when things go wrong and it’s just not true.”
In order to improve himself, he began volunteering, which led to his being the lead peer supporter at Thrive CPLC Nevada Inc. in Gardnerville.
The plant, which is a subsidiary of CPLC, will open in 2021. Colleen Lawrence, EJD, executive director, that one of its vital services is a 24/7 crisis support line, which works in collaboration with the local school system and sheriff’s office.
“We were able to secure a SAMHSA grant for Northern Nevada, particularly in the rural area,” she said. “When somebody is in a crisis, you want to be able to respond in your most optimal state and by doing that, it’s by having every partner come to the table and be able to respond together.”
The facility allows walk-ins and has family-friendly treatment rooms, as well as a Zen room for people with sensory issues, where clients may settle during a crisis.
Telehealth, individual and family group therapy, psychoeducational workshops, adulting one on one classes, substance-use prevention programs, medication management, psychiatry, and peer support classes are all available at Thrive.
“Sometimes is better to hear something from a peer supporter, right?” said Lawrence. “I want to hear something from somebody who’s been through it. Has to walk the walk, talk the talk.”
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