Spirit Center


For descriptions of ongoing weekly support groups, please see calendar.

YOU are invited to our Weekly Community Garden Work Days each Friday:

A garden currently grows squash and tomatoes on the five acres, along with grapes and several fruit trees including apples, asian pears, and plums. Gardening is recognized as a way to instill wellness in individuals facing mental health challenges, and those of us who love growing things know how wonderful it is to garden. Gardening is beneficial for our bodies, minds, hearts and spirits. We encourage community members to join us in launching a Community Garden at the Spirit Center.

We will start expanding the existing garden, eliminate star thistle and begin to prepare for fall planting. Bring your enthusiasm, sun hat, water bottle, gloves and shovel if you have one and join us in the beginnings of a community garden!

We want to increase community wellness and mental health with a focus on local, healthy food production and consumption. We will reduce our carbon footprint and deepen our connection with the seasons and nature. All of this will be accomplished through a strong educational effort about the interdependence between how we grow food, prepare and consume it and our health.

Woven through the months to come will be Native American cultural sharing to include the science of the medicine wheel, sharing meals from the garden, identifying medicinal plants from the area during field trips, art from the garden, seasonal celebrations to include drum circle, initiate and engage in economic development activities.

Please contact Sara Raskie at tahoesara1977AThotmailDOTcom or 530.318.6165 for more information on this exciting Community Garden.

Outreach to Emergency Department Program

In a new program which began in early 2013, trained peer supporters from SPIRIT Peer Empowerment Center will offer direct, immediate support to people in mental health crisis at the Emergency Department of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH-ED).
The pilot program will place trained peer supporters at the SNMH –ED, working with the Crisis Team from Nevada County Behavioral Health, in coordination with the hospital. Crisis Peers will be available on call daily from 4 PM to 10 PM. Peer supporters will also provide follow up phone calls to assist people as they connect with community services and hope to avoid a repeat visit to the ED.
The pilot program, funded by the California state Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), gained final approval by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on December 11, 2012, after an extended process of review by a variety of community groups.

Anxiety and Depression Support Group meets Fridays

Have you ever had bouts of depression and can't get out of bed?  Do you feel stuck in anxious situations and don't want to be around people?  If so, the new Depression and Anxiety Support Group might be for you.  Meets Fridays from 11 am to noon

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