May 1, 2020
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it's up to all of us to talk about it.

Each week in May will focus on healthy habits for your mental health and well-being. This week we will be focusing on taking care of YOU. Take Care is all about your total well-being and taking care of your body and mind. From eating right, getting enough sleep to being active—these are all critical activities for your mental health. We encourage you to take part by talking about it, attending a virtual event and sharing these resources with friends and family.
It’s ok to not be ok . It’s also ok to be sad, to be disappointed and to feel vulnerable. It’s also ok to feel pessimistic, overwhelmed and maybe a little bit numb. And it’s also ok to be worried and anxious.

As we experience the new normal, it’s ok to feel those feelings. 

But most importantly, know that you’re not alone.

In May, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month , let’s take a collective opportunity to spend some of our minutes at home talking about mental health and well-being, and giving one another permission to be compassionate and empathetic for all of the emotions we might be experiencing.
More mental well-being tips from the  Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health :
Color Your Thanks
to Front-line Workers

Break out the crayons and show your thanks to the front-line healthcare workers, first responders, delivery drivers and all of those making a difference right now. An added bonus: a creative activity like coloring can be an effective stress reliever, giving us an opportunity to take a break from our thoughts and feel more present.
Missed the Families Connected Speakers Series Last Night with Professional Surfer Alex Gray?

Watch Alex and Kevin Sousa have a real and open conversation about fear, anger, sadness, being alone, depression and anxiety.
Mental Health & Happiness Series
Join BCHD for the new Mental Health & Happiness Series! Learn how to boost your well-being through evidence-based practices to build resilience, feel more connected and be happier. Attend one or all four workshops.

All workshops take place on Tuesdays from
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. with a discussion after from 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Talk About It Workshops
BCHD, in partnership with our Student Mental Health Provider Task Force and South Bay Families Connected, is launching the virtual “Talk About It” Small-Group Parent Workshop Series. This series will support families at home as they navigate distance learning and help create balance for student and parents.

All Workshops will take place on Thursdays from 1 2 p.m.
BCHD Board of Directors Special Meeting

Wednesday, May 6
6:30 p.m.

Members of the public may join the meeting via video conference or call in.

Mindfulness Drop-in
Guided meditation

 Wednesday, May 6
5:30 – 6 p.m.

Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques the first Wednesday of each month
Families Connected Parent Chat
Free parent support group

9:50  –  10:50 a.m.

Open to all parents. A support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Free Course for Family Caregivers

 Now starting Tuesday, June 2
1 – 2:30 p.m.

An evidence-based, self-care program for family caregivers who are currently involved with providing care to children or adults with chronic conditions.
Adventureplex Fun Home Fitness Challenge
Join us for an 18-day challenge with fun exercises you can do each day! Running May 1-18, 2020
Get Social!
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Share your #SaferAtHomeSelfie!  Let us know how you are spending time physical distancing and helping slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 Testing at the South Bay Galleria
COVID-19 testing is available to ALL Los Angeles County residents, whether or not you are experiencing symptoms.

Priority for the same or next day testing is still given to people with COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Testing is also prioritized for certain critical front-line workers who interact with the public while working. 

All tests at the South Bay Galleria are free of charge and are  by appointment only. 
Appointments have been filling up quickly. Please continue to check the site for availability at the South Bay Galleria or make an appointment at another LA County site. 

For more questions about testing, please visit  the City of Los Angeles' FAQ   for answers to frequently asked questions.

In a continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Center for Health & Fitness (CHF) and AdventurePlex facilities will remain closed until at least May 31. As a public health agency, our top priority is the health and well-being of our community. We are taking extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable. 

We know residents are eager for things to get back to normal, to go back to the beach and enjoy the sunshine California is known for – but it’s not that time yet. Continue to do your part – especially by staying home as much as possible and practicing physical distancing if you must go out – so that we can keep our most vulnerable populations and community safe.

While we continue to stay the course to slow the spread of COVID-19, we begin to look ahead and start planning for recovery, as South Bay community.
COVID-19 Cases in the Beach Cities As of 4/30/2020
Hermosa Beach
Manhattan Beach
Redondo Beach
Need Help with Health Information and Referrals?
If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs assistance with errands, health-related information or referrals, please call our Assistance, Information & Referral line at  310-374-3426, ext. 256 , seven days a week, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also visit us online at