MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

The *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


Join us!

You are welcome to call or come in and take a tour. After filling out some New Member Forms, you will be free to enjoy all of our services any time we are open.

Our hours are 9am-2pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


We are always thankful for volunteers! You are welcome to call, email, or come in to make arrangements to volunteer your time.


Donations are so appreciated. If you feel moved to help, the donate button above will direct you to PayPal. If you would like to send a donation in the mail, our address is:

1051 Cayuga Street

Santa Cruz CA 95062

​We Are...

Many faces, one faith- in each other.

We are a diverse group of people – artists, musicians, African-Americans, eccentrics, believers, genderqueer, elders, youth, people living with schizophrenia, teachers, transgendered folks, people with bipolar disorder, public servants, the differently abled in all of the challenging and blessed ways that we may be, business owners, people on SSI/SSDI, Anglo, ailurophiles, Buddhist, Christian, Taoist, gay, lesbian, bisexual, straight, Latino, Asian, atheists, parents, children, depressed, joyful  – united by our shared faith in the knowledge that we have gifts to offer each other and the world...  

What we have in common is that we are all mental health peers- or have been- and although we all have differing experiences, many of us know what it's like to be medicated, to be hospitalized, to hear voices, to want to end our lives, to want to begin again- perhaps in a single day- and we know what it's like to be ourselves, in this sometimes cookie-cutter world, to be different.  

Our Mission


The Mental Health Client Action Network of Santa Cruz County is a peer-run organization dedicated to the following:

  • to provide mutual support and networking
  • to have a voice in all matters which affect us
  • to create programs controlled by peers
  • to advocate for the right to choose our own life paths
  • to educate the public from our own perspective
  • to work to eradicate treatment disparities and confront discrimination

MHCAN provides a place of connection in the tumult of life. So come, put aside the cares of the week and find yourself in the presence of folks who really care.