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Mental Health Awareness Month

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Published on April 29, 2019. Last modified on April 14, 2020

Mental Health Month

Lime green Ribbon Monterey County celebrates Mental Health Awareness month! Every May we take time to highlight the importance of breaking down stigma, educate our community on mental health and shine a light on people who are living in recovery and working towards healing in our community.

Local people have shared their stories to inspire others and to let you know that you are not alone. We also have links below to helpful information to support your health and wellness.

Faces of Hope & Healing Project


Statement of Hope and Healing

"When I first became well again in 1995 and I knew my life was mine to choose, I started doing odd jobs and other positions of employment and when I heard about the position of Behavioral Health Aide with Monterey County Behavioral Health, I decided to apply. When I landed the position with the county it was my honor and pleasure to serve people who were my friends and “extended family” and pay it forward with a big possibility of helping somebody else into recovery."

Source of Hope


My sources of hope has been my own experience of recovery from my dual diagnosis, finding that life can be more hopeful for me, and I can accomplish my goals, and then some, in terms of helping and inspiring others while supporting myself as a therapist.  12-Step Programs have helped keep me free of abusing substances for the past 21 years, and I am the happy spouse of someone also in recovery from dual diagnosis issues. 

What has been your greatest strength in your recovery?
My greatest strength in my recovery is never giving up, even when things seem overwhelming.   I have learned that expecting others to be there for me all the time or even sometimes can be unrealistic, and to put my faith in Something greater than myself, knowing that I am the heart, hands, and voice of that Something in being there for others who feel alone and without hope. 

What would you say to someone if they were feeling alone?
 You may feel alone right now, but there are many people like you who you have never met.  Though it may seem hard right now, things can get better for you.  Think of what you can do to find a way to help someone, even if only in a small way, such as giving them a "hello" and a smile.  You are likely to feel more connected, and it will be easier to find ways to reach out and connect again and again.  Life is about being aware that even though we all feel alone sometimes, we are all connected, and this connection is the beginning of hope." 
- Kristina

Read more stories of Hope and Healing here!

Additional Links and Resources

Websites that support General Well-being:

Want to know more about Mental Health?

  • NAMI - NAMI Monterey County is a grassroots nonprofit designed to support family members and others who have loved ones suffering from a mental illness. NAMI del Condado de Monterey es una organización no lucrativa de base diseñado para apoyar a los miembros de la familia y otras personas que tienen seres queridos que sufren de una enfermedad mental.
  • Each Mind Matters - Mental Health information, resources and much more.
  • SanaMente - Salud Mental
  • 5 Things You Should Know About Stress - Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about it?
  • 5 Cosas que usted debe saber sobre el estrés - Todo el mundo se siente estresado de vez en cuando, pero, ¿qué es el estrés? ¿Cómo afecta su salud? ¿Qué puede hacer usted al respecto?
  • Mental Health - Information about Depression
  • SanaMente: Hoja informativa sobre la depresión y abuso de alcohol y/o sustancias
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training - Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
  • Entrenamiento Mental Juvenil de primeros auxilios de la Salud - Mental Juvenil de primeros auxilios de la Salud está diseñado para enseñar a los padres, familiares, cuidadores, maestros, personal de la escuela, los compañeros, trabajadores de salud y servicios humanos y otros ciudadanos solidarios cómo ayudar a un adolescente (12-18 años) que está experimentando un problema de salud mental o adicciones o está en crisis.

Need help with Alcohol and Substance Use?

  • Sun Street Centers - Dedicated to preventing alcohol and drug addiction by offering education, prevention, treatment and recovery to individuals and families regardless of income level.
  • Sun Street Centers - Dedicado a prevenir la adicción de alcohol y drogas; ofreciendo educación, prevención, y recuperación a individuales y familias a pesar de niveles de ingreso

Resources for Youth and Young Adults

  • The Epicenter - The Epicenter exists to empower at risk and system involved youth ages 16-24 to flourish by connecting them to community resources that provide opportunities for equity and hope in order to improve youth outcomes in Monterey County.
  • California Community Colleges
  • Active Minds

Suicide Prevention

  • Know The Signs- Every day in California friends, family and co-workers struggle with emotional pain. And, for some, it's too difficult to talk about the pain, thoughts of suicide and the need for help. Though the warning signs can be subtle, they are there. By recognizing these signs, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life.
  • Reconozca Las señales - A diario en California, nuestros hijos, familiares, amigos, y compañeros de trabajo luchan con el dolor emocional. Y para muchos es muy difícil hablar acerca de su sufrimiento y sentimientos suicidas o expresar su necesidad de ayuda. Sin embargo, aunque las señales de advertencia pueden ser sutiles, siempre están presentes. Si reconocemos estas señales y aprendemos como comenzar una conversación y donde ir a buscar ayuda, tendremos el poder de hacer una gran diferencia – el poder de salvar una vida.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Línea para la prevención del suicidio - Todos podemos ayudar a prevenir el suicidio. Lifeline ofrece asistencia gratuita y confidencial las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana, para personas que se encuentran en angustia, recursos de prevención y crisis para usted o sus seres queridos, y las mejores prácticas para profesionales.

Resource for Older Adults

  • Friendship Line: The Friendship Line is the nation's only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older adults and adults with disabilities. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to/from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend.

Resources for Veterans

  • NAMI Veterans & Military Center - A basic description of mental health concerns, how to ask for treatment and how to transition to civilian life. Links to resources for Veterans and active duty military, families, friends and advocates
  • Veterans Transition Center of Monterey County - The mission of the Veterans Transition Center is to provide services for homeless Veterans and their families. By providing Veterans with transitional housing and case management programs, they can once again become employable, productive members of the community. VTC does not simply offer short term solutions to homelessness; it strives to better the lives of homeless Veterans, and aims to give them the tools they need to help themselves.

    El centro de transición de veteranos del Condado de Montery
    Office Address: 220 12th Street, Martinez Hall Marina, CA 93933
    Phone: (831) 883-VETS
    Fax : (831) 883-3024
    Email: info@vtcmonterey.org

  • Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO) - The Monterey County Military & Veterans Affairs Office (MVAO) provides advocacy, assistance and services designed to enhance the lives of the County's veterans who served their country in the Armed Forces, their families, and their survivors. We assist in obtaining entitlements and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of Defense, California Department of Veterans Affairs (CDVA), and local programs for eligible veterans and their families.
  • La Oficina de Asuntos Militares y de Veteranos del Condado de Monterey (MVAO) realiza actividades de promoción, asistencia y servicios diseñados para mejorar la vida de los veteranos del Condado que sirvieron a su país en las Fuerzas Armadas, sus familias y sus supervivientes. Asistimos en la obtención de las prestaciones y servicios del Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos (VA), el Departamento de Defensa de EE.UU., Departamento de Asuntos de Veteranos de California (CDVA), y los programas locales para los veteranos elegibles y sus familias.
  • Supporting Veteran Students - Many community colleges have veterans clubs that are connected with the Student Veterans of America (SVA). Founded in 2008, SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the United States. These groups coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and provide general support for student veterans in higher education.
  • Línea de crisis de veteranos - Una línea de crisis nacional 24/7 accesible por teléfono, que ofrece apoyo confidencial gratuito a los veteranos. Telephono: 1-800-273-8255 y presione 1
  • Signs of Crisis/ Take a Self-Check Quiz
  • D-Stress Line - Provides peer support for all Marines, whether regular, reserve, Veteran or retiree, attached sailors, and their families via anonymous 24 hour counseling with clinician backup. 1-877-476-7734 or via live chat.
  • The Soldiers Project - Connects current and former service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, along with their families and loved ones, to free, confidential therapy from licensed mental health professionals. This project began in southern California and has a branch in Sacramento. 1-877-576-5343

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