Resources for help in fighting mental health and substance abuse illnesses:
Substance use/mental health crisis resources for residents: placer.ca.gov/crisisresources
Veteran-specific resources: placer.ca.gov/veteransresources
Statewide site with general information and advice: eachmindmatters.org
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness: samhsa.gov
Know and Go:
What: “Recovery Happens”
When 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive in Auburn
Placer County residents of all ages are invited to the annual “Recovery Happens” event Saturday at Recreation Park in Auburn.
The annual, family-friendly event celebrates mental health and substance use recovery and promotes awareness with speakers, performers and activities. Resources about treatment and recovery programs will be available.
In addition to the informational booths, the event will include music, games, prizes and a free barbecue lunch for all attendees.
The five most serious diagnoses that the Placer County Health and Human Services Department treats are schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, Schizoaffective Disorder, bipolar disorders, major depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The county’s Mental Health Services Department serves 2,061 adults and about 400 children.
Many more residents in the county are treated through their health plans or private community-based providers.
Mental health illnesses or conditions affect all ages, from young children to seniors. Some conditions, such as schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder, start in the 20s. Depression and anxiety can start as early as childhood.
September is Recovery Month.
“We encourage community members to attend and help recognize the accomplishments of individuals in recovery, and share their own journeys with mental health and substance use disorders,” said Amy Ellis, director of the county’s Adult System of Care. “We all have the potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal and valuable to help spread the message that recovery is possible.”
The Recovery Happens event is sponsored by Placer County Health and Human Services; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board members; and numerous community partners.