Peer Support Specialist for Multnomah County Mental Health Court
Sarah’s journey with mental health illness started at age 12 and with addiction at age 15. At age 15, Sarah was facing several criminal charges. At age 16, she found herself at her first rock-bottom that led to attending NA meetings and some outpatient programs. After a year in NA, Sarah left to follow her own way. Throughout the years, Sarah struggled to find the path she needed take, hitting multiple “rock-bottoms”, being homeless, jobless, in and out of inpatient/residential services, being a sex-worker, and having several attempts at suicide. She is a firm believer that relapse is a part of the recovery and that everyone does recovery differently. Sarah hopes to empower those with mental health illness and addiction, wants people to know that they are capable, and it is possible to have a life outside of those issues. Sarah hit her last rock bottom in 2012, and she has been clean and sober since July 2012.
Sarah is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, finished her bachelor’s degree in 2014, and is currently applying to Masters of Counseling programs. She has lived all over the USA, spent a year in Thailand, and most recently moved to Portland in 2017. Sarah became an avid cyclist over the years and has done solo bicycle tours of Thailand, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Sarah also enjoys making art, crocheting, volunteering, and being out in nature whenever possible.