A recent article in the NAMI Blog identified and debunked six common misconceptions about mental illness. These myths can perpetuate stigma about mental illness and even discourage people from talking about or getting help for their condition. This article, written by advocate and doctoral candidate Sky Lea Ross, was originally published on October 1, 2019 in the NAMI Blog.
Two new surveys — one for adults, and one for adolescents — are designed to assess the perceptions of Sonoma County residents about access to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) in the area. The goal of the assessment is to collect data from the community regarding the barriers, gaps, and challenges of IOPs in order to inform the conversation about access to IOPs. The surveys will be available until September 30, 2019.Read More
On Sunday, October 13, 2019, there will be a “Love Yourself” benefit concert starting at 3:00 PM at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa. Funds raised from the concert will go to the Elizabeth Morgan Brown Memorial Fund to support a mental health treatment program for Sonoma County youth. Featured performers and speakers include Darrell Steinberg (Mayor of Sacramento and author of the California Mental Health Services Act), Tara Niendam, Chen Zhao, and Gili Melamed-Lev. Read More
Throughout September — Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — we reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services. In a recent New York Times essay, journalist Peggy Wehmeyer described her experience grappling with the loss of her husband to suicide, including the stigma, confusion, and painful questions she faced as a survivor of suicide. You may read the full piece in the New York Times; the following is an excerpt.
As a capstone to the Festival of Belonging at the Glaser Center (547 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa), there will be a talk on Saturday, September 28, 2019, with Dr. Joshua Bamberger on solutions to homelessness and housing as healthcare. The talk is co-hosted by the Sonoma Intersection Coalition, and will run from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
We join our fellow members of the North Bay Coalition on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention in recognizing September 8-14, 2019 as National Suicide Prevention Week, share the message that suicide can be prevented, and provide the tools and resources for people to support themselves and those around them. Read on to learn more about the statewide “Know the Signs” campaign, and how you can spread the word:Read More