May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Happy May! May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Tri-Valley Haven is highlighting mental health to normalize it and erase the stigma. Remember, your brain and your body are connected. Just like how your body can get sick or worn out, so can your brain. When someone takes care of their brain, then their brain will take care of their body. Taking care of our mental health is as normal as eating healthy, exercising, or even saving for our future. Let's work together and help each other: Together we can break the stigma of mental illness.
Tips for Mental Care from Tri-Valley Haven's Prevention Team
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media.
It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.

Separate your work space
Bringing work home with you is an understatement with Covid restrictions. If you can, make a separate space for your school/work. You don’t want to associate your bed with work, sleep, hobbies, etc. otherwise it’s harder to focus on sleep. Something as small as a TV tray and fold out chair can create a distinct difference between your relaxation space and your work space.

Make time to unwind
Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Carve out time for your hobbies. Got a spare corner in your room? Turn it into a mini gym area, knitting nook, plant corner, etc. As much time as we focus on work, we also need time for ourselves. Whether it be 15 minutes or a couple hours, make time for the things that fulfill you outside of work and responsibilities
Take care of your body:
  • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
  • Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
Virtual Support Group
Tri-Valley Haven's virtual domestic violence support group began on Monday, May 17th and will continue every Monday from 11am-12pm for 10 weeks.

For registration or questions please contact Sharon (sharon@trivalleyhaven.org)
and Olga (olga@trivalleyhaven.org).
Domestic Violence Shelter
Meet Sharon, one of TVH's counselors for survivors at our shelter.
Please introduce yourself (this can include your position and work at the Haven and/or informal information like hobbies).
My name is Sharon. I am a Counselor at our community building and domestic violence shelter for women and children. I have provided mental health support to individuals, children, families, and groups within the Tri-Valley area for the past two years. I really enjoy the work and all that I can provide to others. 
 
When I am not in the office, I enjoy going fishing, exercising, cooking (baking), hanging out with family and friends, yummy coffee, listening to music, watching my youngest ride/rope on his horse, yard work, road trips, camping, and chatting on the phone. 

Why do you work for TVH?
I work for Tri-Valley Haven because of the client populations we serve and support. They also have supportive staff members and a great counseling team. 😊

What are the services that you provide at the Haven and how are they being provided during COVID?
COVID definitely changed the way and how we provide counseling services to those in our community. We went from in-person sessions to video/phone secure platforms with our clients and residents. It has been an adjustment for everyone involved, but I am glad that we had the ability to continue services with minimal interruptions. I currently provide telehealth counseling to our community clients and in-person counseling services to our shelter residents with safety protocols in place for my clients and for myself. 

Please provide a client success story.
The below story was written by one of Sharon’s counseling clients herself:
I am a past client of Tri-Valley Haven. When I first moved to Livermore in 2017 my dad did the running race to support the organization. Never would I have thought I would have needed the services two years later.
 
Without finding Tri-Valley Haven’s support group and most importantly, individual counseling with Sharon, I NEVER could have escaped my situation. I was basically held captive by my abusive, manipulate EX husband. Who controlled me. I was kept away from my family, my friends (who were all in New Jersey), not allowed to attend church and at the end I couldn’t even go to work without him stalking me and telling my son I wasn’t at work.
 
I cannot begin to explain to you how essential Tri-Valley Haven and Sharon were in my ability to overcome my situation. She helped me to think clearly. I honestly would have never understood what I needed to overcome and the mindset I needed to have to understand the cycle of abusive or to even think for myself and to not live in fear.
 
Two years later, Sharon has been on my mind as I see others in similar situations and I share some of the essential knowledge she shared with me. I put my son first and never want to think of myself. If didn’t gain the strength that she reassured me that I had in me, I never would have believed it, never would have overcome it and never would have survived. Counseling saved my life. Truly. I continued with groups and therapy and growing my faith. But please know, she was so incredible and she’s in my heart always.
 
Thank you to Tri-Valley Haven and all of the workers, volunteers and supporters for everything you all do. I am forever grateful.  
 
~ From SG, April 2021 ~


What does TVH’s mission mean to you?
There is a saying “it takes a village to raise a child” ….. well this makes me think that it really takes a community and our society to bring and show peace, kindness, and putting an end violence. To have everyone’s home be free of trauma and healthy would be wonderful. I get to see this by supporting and helping others to understand and learn how they can take ownership of their mental health, their daily living, how to interact positively with others, and give back to their community; it starts with one client and resident at a time. 
2021 Pace for Peace Registration Now Open
Join us for Tri-Valley Haven's annual Pace for Peace 5K/ 10K Run/ Walk on
Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 at 8 am starting at the Haven’s community building, 3663 Pacific Avenue, Livermore. This run/walk winds through scenic Livermore Wine Country. 
Tri Valley Haven's Pace for Peace has something for everyone, whether you are a serious runner or out for a leisurely walk with friends and family to support a great cause. Chip timing will be provided. Age group awards will be presented. The Pace for Peace is a great time for the entire family! 
All proceeds go to help local survivors and families fleeing domestic abuse.
*This event will adhere to current CDC guidelines. 

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please email our volunteer coordinator at shadab@trivalleyhaven.org.
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