Our Peer to Peer Mentors and Family Resource Facilitators

Our Board of Directors, staff, and Peer Mentors, are all people who have been affected by both mental illness and minority status. Most of us started out in LBHS by attending a class or a support group. As part of our recovery, we engage in outreach, mentorship, and education. Often, we become teachers, facilitators, presenters, mentors, therapists, or administrators who support LBHS and other social service agencies in the community. In this way, we build our own capacity and the capacity of the community to fulfill its own needs..

Leticia Frias (co-founder)

“Leticia Frias (co-founder), “Lety” comes to us from Mexico. She is a Mother of 6 and a young Grandma of 8. She is a family member of someone with special needs and active in programs like NAMI’s signature program “De Familia a Familia” as State Trainer and LBHS’s “Grupo De Apoyo al Familiar”. Lety is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute and has led efforts to bring public presentations and events to the Community about Mental Health Awareness. She is currently working on her Case Manager Certificate from the University of Utah, College of Social Work and is trained in Mental Health First Aid and as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for the State of Utah.”

Carla Astorga

“Carla Astorga is a mother of two children that she loves with all her heart. She lives in the countryside surrounded by nature. Her favorite season is winter, and she loves snow. Carla came to LBHS looking for emotional support, and started attending a support group here a few years ago. Little by little she recovered and learned. Carla is now trained as a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Case Manager, a Peer Support Group Facilitator, and as an instructor in “Question Persuade and Refer,” “Mental Health First Aid,” and the NAMI Educational Program "Person to Person." Carla is at LBHS because she thinks mental health and emotional well-being are important. One of Carla's biggest goals in her work at LBHS is that people can learn through themselves to have a better quality of life.”

Griselda Santuario

“Griselda Santuario came to the United States in 1997 and moved to Utah in 2001. She started at LBHS by taking the Family to Family class in 2011. Griselda has been supporting LBHS for three years as a peer mentor, a Family Resource Facilitator, a “Family to Family” and “Basics” facilitator, and as our family programs coordinator. ”

Shirley Madrigal

“Born in Mexico, Shirley Madrigal arrived in the state of Utah in 2001. Thanks to a NAMI conference on suicide she met LBHS. After learning about the resources and services at LBHS, she became interested in getting involved. Shirley started supporting the office and doing intakes. She has attended trainings NAMI trainings including “BRIDGES” Education Program, “Peer to Peer” and “Family to Family.” She is now a Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Family Resource Facilitator, and the creator and director of Corazón de Mujer Utah - a Development, Growth and Empowerment Program for Women. Shirley is preparing for her upcoming Westside Leadership Institute and Case Work Manager certifications. She continues to attend training for her development and personal, emotional and professional growth and thus empower, provide support and quality service to the Latino community.”

Olimpia Alanis

“Olimpia Alanis is married with 4 children. She is a housewife, a student and a volunteer at LBHS. Olimpia has been part of Al-anon groups for 6 years. She studied Psychology at the Salt Lake Community College and received training to facilitate support groups, to teach “CRAFT” and “Family to Family” and suicide prevention classes. Olimpia is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and Family Resource Facilitator. For her, LBHS has been a step towards her own recovery. Her goal is to be able to share her own experience with people who are going through a difficult situation and give them a little of what has been given to her.”

Alberto Zarate

“Alberto Zarate is a Certified Peer Support Specialist, and an instructor for the NAMI courses "Peer to Peer " and " Progression.” He is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute, and is the LBHS Peer Support Group Facilitator.”