August 7, 2017 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments
Community Mental Health Awareness
His House Treatment Centers is a community partner with the city of Rancho Cucamonga Healthy RC Steering Committee and more specifically, a member of the Mental Health Subcommittee. The committee created and launched a Mental Health awareness campaign to start the conversation around mental health, and encourage residents to seek help. The subcommittees goal, is to identify city and county mental health trends, increase awareness of mental health issues, reduce the stigma of mental health, and direct residents to resources available. One of the projects that we have been involved in this year have been to organize and execute community conversations on Mental Health and reduce barriers to accessing resources by implementing ongoing quarterly symposiums. Topics at the symposium which took place on June 15th included Self Care for your own Mental Health ,Identifying Mental Health Symptoms , Cultivating a Healthy Mind, etc. Over two hundred people attended this event with over twenty five vendors who were able to distribute information about their agencies.(His Houseincluded). As a Healthy RC community partner and a participant in this committee and these symposiums, His House Treatment Centers is taking an active role to improve the health and wellness of our local and extended inland empire community by providing services that that make a difference in the lives of the persons who come to us for assistance. We here at His House Treatment Centers ask you to look for ways to challenge stigma, increase your own understanding, and help us support mental health awareness in the following ways: Help someone in a crisis: About 1 in 5 people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. These are our friends, family members, and loved ones who may be experiencing symptoms of mental health issues that aren’t obvious or visible. Keep resources on hand, learn how to recognize the signs, and know where you would go for help if someone you care about were to experience a crisis. Share your experiences: Whether it’s a story about treatment or how your life is impacted by a mental health issue, sharing your experiences can be a powerful tool . Encourage someone who has reached out for help to share with someone they trust, their family physician, or a licensed therapist if their experiences are causing distress. Practice Self Care: One of the best ways we can contribute to breaking the stigma toward mental health issues, better mental health,improved relationships, and healthier communities is to make sure we are managing ourselves and meeting others and our own needs. Get involved: ask questions, attend and participate in resource fairs, symposiums, conferences, walks for mental health awareness and recovery, so that you are informed. Last but certainly not least… Help challenge the stigma in your community by listening and reaching out to those who ask for help.