Since early 2013, the MHSA Volunteer Program has been providing individuals a chance to give back to their community while gaining valuable work experience. The Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for people to enrich their lives and the lives of others by serving as a living example of wellness, resiliency, and recovery.
Participation in the MHSA Volunteer Program is designed to provide knowledge of the public mental health system and to help build employment skills. MHSA Volunteers will also have access to hands-on training programs that provide the skills and education necessary to meet the qualifications listed for entry-level public mental health employment. Participants may choose to volunteer occasionally at community events and/or on a more regular basis. For more information about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 225-3678. Find the flyer here. You can also see the MHSA Volunteer Program newsletters here.
Meanwhile, the new MHSA Academy is a free 65–hour training program designed to help individuals prepare for careers or to become peer mentors within the public mental health field. These courses will help enhance knowledge and understanding among staff new to the mental health field. Participants will learn new information, strengthen skills, and network with individuals in the field. The Academy is divided into three main parts: 40 hours of interactive classroom-based learning; 5 hours of career exploration; and, 20 hours of hands-on learning.
Want to see what it’s like to be a part of the MHSA Volunteer Program? Click below to watch a video featuring current and former volunteers!