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GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) – November is Men’s Mental Health and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), an organization that advocates for underserved individuals and communities, has branched out to help those facing health issues mental health in rural northern Nevada.

With a state-funded grant, they opened two community-certified behavioral health clinics (Douglas and Mineral County) that provide person-centered and family-centered care, using evidence-based practices to empower individuals through accessible health care.

From an early age, Woodrow Askin struggled with mental health issues and substance abuse.

“I used to do drugs and had issues with depression,” he said.

In his journey to recovery, he found there was a need for awareness.

“There was a lack of information about the link to mental health and addiction,” Askin said. “A lot of men think the only way is to use drugs and alcohol to cope when things go wrong and that’s just not true.”

In an effort to help himself, he started volunteering and this led to him becoming the lead peer helper at Thrive CPLC Nevada Inc. in Gardnerville.

The facility opened in 2021 and is one of CPLC’s subsidiaries. Executive Director Colleen Lawrence, EJD, told KOLO8 News Now that one of her essential services is a 24/7 crisis hotline, which works in partnership with the system. local school and the sheriff’s office.

“We were able to get a SAMHSA grant for northern Nevada, especially in rural areas,” she said. “When someone is in crisis, you want to be able to react in your most optimal state and in doing so, it is by having all partners come to the table and can react together.”

The center accepts walk-in visits and includes family-friendly therapy rooms, even for those with sensory needs, a Zen room, where individuals can stabilize during a crisis.

Thrive also offers courses in telehealth, individual and family group therapy, psychoeducational courses, individual courses for adults, substance use prevention courses, courses in medication management, psychiatry and support by peers.

“Sometimes it’s better to hear something from a peer helper, isn’t it?” said Lawrence. “I want to hear something from someone who’s been there. Must follow the walk, talk the talk.

Services are currently free and those interested in admission can come to the center (1380 US Highway 395N Gardenville, NV 89410) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

According to Lawrence, some of the biggest needs in the community are to ensure that mental health care providers are not burned out and to help the bilingual community. Thrive is experiencing a shortage of bilingual therapists, however, they have translation services available.

The center is available for any child, teenager or adult in need and does not take appointments for admissions. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 833-240-9017.

The services will be free until around the end of February, when the grant runs out. After that, Thrive will seek further subsidies or seek to contact Medicare. Lawrence said people shouldn’t be shy about asking for services.

“We want to make sure they always walk through our door and we will find out.”

Ryan H. Bowman