Volume 274 | July 23, 2020
RSAC
REGIONAL SUBSTANCE USE COUNCIL

Edition 104 | July 8, 2021
Welcome to the Barnstable County Regional Substance Use Council (RSAC)
E-Newsletter. This monthly newsletter is designed to provide information on substance use across the continuum of prevention, intervention, treatment,
and recovery. For additional information visit the Department website at www.bchumanservices.net
SPOTLIGHT
Department of Human Services is hiring!
We are looking for a Program Manager – Substance Use Prevention
LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS
2021 John Levin Memorial Conference Getting to Yes: A Pragmatic Approach to Dementia Care with Teepa Snow, August 8, 2021 8:30am-4:30pm

Via live video conference presented by Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod.
Volunteers Needed! Emerald Therapeutic Riding Center in Brewster

Interested in becoming part of something special?
Due to our growing program, we are in need of additional volunteer support. Without the dedication, loyalty and hard work of our volunteers, it would be impossible for us to fulfill our mission. There are many reasons why people volunteer with us, but all provide the chance to join a thriving, nurturing community whose goal is to positively impact the lives of others.

Volunteers assist us by leading horses (horse handlers) or walking beside students (side walkers) during classes. Volunteers should be willing to commit to 2 hours, the same day and time each week, and are required to attend our introductory volunteer orientation and training session.

If you think you may be interested in helping out and would like us to give you a call to discuss this further, please Call Nancy Sheridan at 508-896-0064 or go to http://www.EmeraldHollow.org

If you would like to be a part of something that makes your heart feel good, then this may be the opportunity for you.
Recovery Coaching - With a Focus on Health and Wellness

What is Recovery Wellness Coaching? Click on button below for more information.
NATIONAL NEWS
The History of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide to bring understanding of the mental health needs and experiences within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities, and others who face disproportionate inequities in care, support or mental health services in this country. Systemic racism and historical barriers and inequities have left particular ethnic, racial and minoritized populations facing trauma, loss, bias, social disparities and other unique challenges that have gone unsupported and largely unaddressed. We at AFSP are committed to rectifying this by working with diverse communities, organizations and policy makers to ensure that mental health resources that are culturally relevant are equitably available across the nation.
On June 2, 2008, Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was formally recognized by Congress “to enhance public awareness of mental illness, especially within minority communities” in the U.S. Campbell was an author, journalist and teacher, and she worked tirelessly as a mental health advocate to support the mental health needs of underrepresented communities. Campbell also founded NAMI-Inglewood in a predominantly Black neighborhood to create a space that was safe for Black people to talk about mental health concerns.AFSP will dedicate the month of July to shining a light on the voices, needs and resources for underrepresented groups regarding mental health and suicide prevention in the U.S. We acknowledge that institutional racism, structural inequalities and unconscious bias impact the daily lives of people of color. As an organization, we are committed to addressing the disparities in mental healthcare access and advocating for new legislation that puts an end to disparities and stimulates new suicide prevention research. It’s imperative that we improve access to culturally informed, evidence-based quality mental health care.

We hope you’ll join us in raising awareness of this vital issue and supporting #MentalHealth4All
COVID-19
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 
 
Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.
Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources
COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
GROUP MEETINGS
Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide
Asking for help is the first important step.
Alcohol and other drug problems are treatable disorders. If you want to talk with a knowledgeable Information and Referral Specialist now,
Call 800-327-5050 or 617-292-5065 or view our Cape Cod Substance Use Resource Guide below.
Transgender Social Support Group
Group is open to trans, non-binary, questioning, or other gender diverse identified people ages 18+. You do not need to be a Fenway Health patient to join, and the group is free to attend.
 
Group via Zoom (5:30-7:00 pm) meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Contact Ann at aburke@fenwayhealth.org 
for more information and Zoom link.
Thrive! at CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Now Have Monday Events
The LGBTQ + group Thrive is for folks ages 13-22. We recently switched our weekly events to Mondays at 4pm. Join us virtually or for special in person gatherings with proper Covid protocols. Please feel free to join anytime! For details email kgarcia@WeThrive.us and check out our social media platforms:

Facebook  | Instagram@cigsya | Twitter@thriveatcigsya 
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