SB 803 establishes a Peer Support Specialist certification program for behavioral health services and adds peer support services as a Medi-Cal covered benefit for counties that choose to provide this important service.
California peers all over the state must feel a lot more validated now for the contributions that they have been making and make toward mental health and wellness.
Peers have been working on systemic recognition of the value of peer support services, not only for the four years that peer certification bills have been introduced into the legislature, but long before. You could say, from the time they informally provided mutual support for each other and realized their potential for helping each other, peers have envisioned and worked toward this.
Thank you, Governor Newsom, for signing SB803 and Senator Beall for authoring the bill! Watch the signing of SB803 (along with three other bills) during a session recorded LIVE the morning of September 25.
A warm line is an alternative to a crisis line that is run by “peers,”
generally those who have had their own experiences of trauma
that they are willing to speak of and acknowledge
MHA-SF The Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415) is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support. We provide assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need Or Chat via IM Hours: Sunday 7am – 9pm ~ Monday – Friday 7am – 11pm ~ Saturday 7am – 3pm
Project Return Peer Support Network Peer-Run Warmline Los Angeles County Residents HoursMonday – Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-4pm, Sunday Closed
(888) 448-9777 English and by text
(888) 448-4055 Spanish and by text
The OC Warmline- NAMI Orange County (714) 991-6412 Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-3am ~ Saturday & Sunday 10am to 3am Languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi with Interpreter Services available
Consumer to Consumer – The Meeting Place Clubhouse, Inc. for San Diego residents only
800 920-WARM (9276) and (619) 295-1055 Hours: 7 days a week 4:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M., except Holidays
Northern Valley Peer Run Talk Line
Butte County, California
A confidential non-crisis peer support network. You are not alone, we are here to listen.
855-582-5554 Hours 7days/week 365 days/year 4:30 pm-9:30 pm
San Joaquin County BH Services Consumer Support Warm-Line For local San Joaquin County residents only (209) 468-8686
Operating 24/7 since July of 2008
Thank you so much for your patience- we have a new Assembly Health committee date for SB 10- Tuesday July 2 at 1:30 pm in room 4202. We will be up first. Please come and show your support- this will be our last policy committee hearing and we want it to be big!
Our physical and mental health are deeply intertwined. The state of our mind can affect the health of our bodies. Physical activity has been widely correlated with a reduction in depression and anxiety, which in turn can increase physical well-being, which further improves mental health, and so on. Movement also offers an accessible alternative to persons who cannot afford or access traditional psychotherapy, or who have not found such therapies to be beneficial. And recently, researchers at Yale and Oxford published a study indicating that exercise may be more important to our mental health than economic status!
Images from the We Move for Health, May 3rd, 2019 at San Leandro Marina
This month, we’re taking a deeper look at the relationship between physical activity and our mental health. What kinds of physical activity are best — not just for our bodies, but for our minds? What is the “sweet spot” amount of movement that leads to the greatest mental health benefits? And what are alternative options for persons who cannot perform physical activity due to illness or disability?
A 2018 study in The Lancet found that team sports seemed to offer the greatest overall mental health benefits. The researchers analyzed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey data from 1.2 million adults and found — across age, gender, education status and income — people who exercised had fewer “bad mental health days” than those who didn’t. And people who played team sports reported the fewest. The study’s authors hypothesized that team sports may be so beneficial to mental health because they incorporate the added benefit of community and social support. This is especially relevant for people living with depression or other mental health conditions where isolation is common. A related benefit of team sports is built-in accountability. While you can blow off a solo walk in nature, your team is depending on you to win the game. If team sports aren’t for you, research has demonstrated the self-esteem boosting benefits of activities using synchronized group movements, such as Qi Gong or Tai Chi.
While we know that a lack of physical activity can influence the course of our mental health, more movement does not necessarily mean more benefit. A 2018 study published in The Lancet found that those who exercised more than 90 minutes a day, for most days of the month, reported worse mental health than those who moved less. Generally, researchers recommend a rule of thumb of 30-60 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week for optimum well-being.
When discussing the relationship between physical activity and mental health, it’s important to provide accessible alternatives to people with limited mobility due to disability, illness, or aging. A practice with similar physical and mental health benefits to sustained physical activity is simply spending time in nature. Just 30-40 minutes spent sitting quietly or wandering slowly in a green space, breathing mindfully, can improve mood and even immune function, according to research conducted on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing.
Here’s to moving this spring for our mental health.