July 2020
July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. 

 National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month    was established in 2008 to start changing this. Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care. (Source: nami.org)
Grace Charlton, MA, NCC, APCC
Intake Coordinator

As Intake Coordinator, Grace welcomes each prospective client with a clinically informed background to complete the initial referral screener as their first step toward receiving services.

Prior to her role at the Cohen Clinic, she was a counselor at a correctional facility in Houston, TX where she worked with incarcerated clients on their substance abuse, anger management, PTSD, and also taught a psychoeducational class on Healthy Relationships.

Grace earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Forensics from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of San Diego. 

She enjoys helping to foster self-awareness with clients in order to support them in creating healthy relationships with their support system. She also works from the relational-cultural theory, which acknowledges the identities (both individually and culturally) that people belong to in order to help them move towards connection with others. She said, “It's important for me to work toward being the best Counselor I can be, which includes being multi-culturally informed, gender affirming, and always willing to learn from the client about what is important for them. I believe nothing is more important than the human connection and I'm incredibly grateful to be in a therapeutic position to be a part of our clients’ journey toward healing and peace.”

In her leisure, Grace loves spending time with her rescue dogs and finding ways to be creative in art and music. She also enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food, and visiting friends and family from all over. Grace was born and raised in Newcastle, England and moved to the United States in 2009. She currently lives in San Diego.
Case Manager Ashley Tatum has provided the following resources for
veterans and military family members.

San Diego For Every Child
This resource can offer assistance with childcare, food and learning options for children.

San Diego County Office of Education
Healthcare first responders, law enforcement and military professionals may call 619-952-0242 to discuss needs with an advisor.

Food for Children
Schools across the county are providing meals for all children in need. Check the link below for locations and hours

Positive Parenting with Jewish Family Services
Free online parenting support. Call 858-637-3375 to obtain code for access
Find more info at jfssd.org/positiveparenting

San Diego Food Banks
Locations and times can be found here sandiegofoodbank.org/gethelp

Diaper Distribution
Learn more by visiting

San Diego County
Free COVID-19 testing in San Diego County

Sesame Street
Sesame Street has put together videos and other materials to explain COVID-19 to children

Leap to Success
Online classes offered, including weekly stress management classes via Zoom. Contact Kelly Grimes at 760-889-4575 for more information.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic
at Veterans Village of San Diego

Phone : (619) 345-4611
Email : info@cohenvvsd.org