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May 2010

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Taking Care of Your Mental Health: Mental Health America Offers 10 Tools to Help You "Live Your Life WellSM"

By Scott Suckow, Chief Executive Officer
Mental Health America of San Diego County

With increasing economic troubles piled on to the stress of work and family demands, more and more Americans are suffering. In fact, 58 percent of Americans reported struggling in their lives at the end of 2008, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. This represents an increase of more than 22 million Americans who reported struggling earlier in the year. Read more

Partner Spotlight

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Orange County

The mission of NAMI Orange County is to provide emotional support, education and resources for families and those affected by mental illness. In collaboration with the entire community, we advocate for a life of quality and dignity, one without discrimination, for all those persons affected by this illness.

NAMI Orange County, a volunteer based non-profit organization, is the leading self-help organization in the County for families and friends of those suffering from serious mental disorders. Founded in 1980, NAMI Orange County offers family support groups, advocates for legislation, supports research efforts and works to educate the public to reduce stigma. NAMI Orange County, affiliated with NAMI California and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), receives its funding from its membership and from the community and provides services free to the public.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
CPAT Mental Health Seminar
Live Your Life Well: Living With Mental Health and Other Chronic Conditions

Noon - 2:00 p.m.
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Emerald Plaza Board Room
402 West Broadway, Suite 1000
San Diego, CA 92101
(Parking will be validated at the C Street and Columbia Lot)
For more information, please contact Arlen Valdivia at (323) 466-3445 or

Thursday, May 27, 2010
CPAT Mental Health Seminar
Live Your Life Well: Living With Mental Health and Other Chronic Conditions

Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Mental Health America of the Central Valley
5130 East Clinton Way, Suite 2135
Fresno, CA 93727
For more information, please contact Charlotte Phillips at (916) 658-0144 or

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Global Healthy Living Foundation
Taking Charge of Pain
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Clunie Community Center
601 Alhambra Boulevard (Located at McKinley Park in East Sacramento)
Sacramento, CA 95816
For more information, please visit, or call (916) 880-1669.

Sunday, May 16, 2010
Global Health Living Foundation
Taking Charge of Pain
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
San Francisco County Fair Building - Hall of Flowers
1199 9th Avenue (Located in Golden Gate Park at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way)
San Francisco, CA
For more information, please visit, or call (415) 932-0949.

Monday, May 17, 2010
Global Healthy Living Foundation
Taking Charge of Pain
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive (Located on the southeast edge of Griffith Park)
Los Angeles, CA
For more information, please visit, or call (323) 799-1431.

Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Charlotte Phillips at to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Charlotte Phillips at charlotte@perrycom.comSouthern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at

In the News


Study Links Chocolate and Depression
Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2010
One need only look at the recent introduction of chocolate Cheerios to fully grasp Americans' fondness for the pulp from cacao beans. Savoring chocolate is normal. But, researchers said Monday, overindulging in it could be a marker for depression.

Mental Health Specialists 'Invaluable' in Imperial County's American Red Cross Shelter
Imperial Valley Press, April 25, 2010
Aftershocks have been wreaking havoc on people's emotions, but a group is attempting to teach methods for dealing with that stress and more in the American Red Cross shelter. Mental health specialists have been going to the shelter almost every day, said American Red Cross Public Information Officer Amy Laurel Hegy.

Kings County Forms New Psychiatric Plan
KFSN-TV ABC 30, Fresno, April 23, 2010
Kings County is hoping to change how it handles psychiatric emergency calls. These beds in Hanford Community Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room can hold up to seven psychiatric or mental health patients in one night. Health officials say these patients require time and resources Kings County simply doesn't have.

Clinic Offers to Help Bail Out County Mental Health Program

Sacramento Business Journal, April 23, 2010
Bob Caulk says he has an offer Sacramento County can't afford to refuse: Don't unwind the existing support program for mental health clients to save county jobs -- send the patients to him. The Effort can substitute federal funding for county dollars and save the county $4 million, chief executive officer Caulk says.

Sacramento Mentally Ill Protest Proposed Changes in Services
KXTV-TV ABC 10, Sacramento, April 23, 2010
With Sacramento County considering major changes in delivering services for the mentally ill, those who rely on the help staged a protest against the proposal Thursday. Amid chants of "save our services, we count too," about 150 protesters circled the Sacramento County Administration building Thursday, carrying signs and delivering hundreds of letters asking the Sacramento County supervisors not to approve the proposal.

Club Stairways in Chico Finding Ways to Help the Mentally Ill
Chico-Enterprise Record, April 18, 2010
When Mike Little, president of Club Stairways in Chico, was brainstorming about a comfortable, supportive place for people with mental illness, he talked to a lot of people.

Interesting Information

Mental Illness: Facts and Numbers

Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible. Read more



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