CenCal HEALTH

MAY 2018

 

SANTA BARBARA
4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

SAN LUIS OBISPO
1288 Morro Street
Suite 100
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Toll Free: (800) 421-2560
Tel: (805) 685-9525

www.cencalhealth.org

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Community Engagement:
CenCal Health Supports Senior Nutrition on the Central Coast

Membership Totals

California Children Services (CCS) Community Meetings
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

This May marks the sixty-eighth observance of Mental Health Month, which aims to increase the awareness and understanding of mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health , more than 44 million people, one in six adults, suffer from mental illness in the U.S.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 2018 campaign promotes the theme "CureStigma" which has been included in all awareness campaigns, including Mental Health Month. Stigma creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment, in some cases taking lives. Stigma is 100% curable! Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote.

NAMI makes recommendations on how medical providers and the community can create an environment that will help clients and families feel comfortable talking about their or their child's mental health concerns.

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CenCal's website provides information on mental health resources in the community. The Holman Group, CenCal's Mental Health Management Organization, can be reached at 1-800-321-2843 for resources or a referral for mental health services.
Community Engagement:
CenCal Health Supports Senior Nutrition on the Central Coast

The Community Action Commission and Meals That Connect, hosted their annual fundraising events during the month of May. Both organizations raised money to continue the efforts of providing nutritious meals to seniors on the Central Coast. CenCal Health is proud to collaborate and help fund these two organizations that do so much in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County.
 
Both organizations don't just provide necessary nutrition to seniors, they provide so much more! Community Action Commission's Senior Nutrition Program and Meals That Connect provide free nutritious meals every weekday to many seniors throughout both counties. A dining room experience gives seniors the opportunity to gather, share stories and build relationships, thereby reducing isolation.
 
For seniors who are not able to leave their homes, the friendly volunteer staff of both The Community Action Commission and Meals That Connect bring their meals to them. Sometimes these volunteers are the only visitors these seniors will see that day. This is something they look forward to most during their day, and in some cases the only person they may interact with that day.
 
Thank you, Community Action Commission and Meals that Connect, for all the help you do for the seniors and our communities in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County!



Member Totals




California Children Services (CCS)
Community Meetings