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Mental Health Awareness Doesn’t End in May for the Mental Wellness Center

Throughout the pandemic, many people who had never experienced mental health challenges found themselves struggling for the first time. If you found that the pandemic impacted your mental health, you are not alone.

In November 2020, the CDC reported that 44% of us were experiencing either depression or anxiety. And of the almost half a million individuals that took a mental health screening at mhascreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety.

This past year has challenged us all, testing our strength and resiliency. Hope is on the horizon.

During the month of May, the Mental Wellness Center and the rest of the country came together and focused on raising awareness of the importance of mental health.

THANK YOU for celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with us. And remember – mental health awareness doesn’t stop in May, and should be recognized and prioritized every day because right now, mental health has never been more important.

As the Mental Wellness looks to the future, we have hope. Join the Mental Wellness Center this summer, along with our wonderful community partners, as we raise awareness of mental health in our community.

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Peace of Mind Fundraiser with Alma Rosa Winery on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Alma Rosa’s 628-acre estate, located north of Santa Barbara near Buellton. This fundraiser helped the Mental Wellness Center raise more than $70,000 last year and we are so thankful to Alma Rosa Winery for their continued support of our organization. Registration opens soon, visit mentalwellnesscenter.org/peaceofmind to learn more! 

And, in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, 10% of all proceeds from Alma Rosa’s May sales will directly benefit the Mental Wellness Center. Shop online today and support our organization! 

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a comprehensive, online training that teaches educators, family members, and caregivers (18+ years old) how to approach, assess, and assist a young person with a mental health challenge or substance use concern.

YMHFA is offered monthly throughout Santa Barbara County and is available in both English and Spanish. The classes are provided by Family Service Agency, Mental Wellness Center, and the Youthwell Coalition. Free online trainings will be offered from 9AM-2PM on the following dates: June 3, June 15, July 8, July 20, August 10, and August 19. To learn more and register, please visit: bethedifferencesb.org.

Healthy People Healthy Trails Supports Mental Wellness in our Community

We all know that going out for a walk is good for our physical health, but it doesn’t stop there. Research shows that getting outside in nature has many mental health benefits as well. Walking has been proven effective in reducing anxiety and depression, and there is further evidence that walking in nature improves those results even further. That’s because different parts of our brain activate in nature. Our mind calms, leading to physical changes including a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure. But don’t think you have to hike a mountain to feel the results. Spending time outside at a park or any green space can have the same effect. Even if it’s only for a few minutes during a lunch break, getting out in nature can positively impact your mental health. 

Healthy People Healthy Trails (HPHT) is an innovative program designed to strengthen the connection between the use of local public parks and trails and individual healthcare. The program is supported by a dynamic group of community partners including local doctors and health care providers, trail advocates and stewards, land managers, and the National Park Service. The Mental Wellness Center is proud to support Healthy People, Healthy Trails! Healthy People Healthy Trails offers a set of maps with easy local walking routes. Browse the website and choose a trail that is right for you. We hope you find the maps useful and the trails enjoyable!

Being in nature is good for the body and mind. Join the Spring Healthy People Healthy Trails Challenge and sign-up and pledge to be active outdoors. Each time you submit your outdoor activity you are entered into a drawing for the chance to win monthly prizes. Visit www.healthypeoplehealthytrails.org and join the Spring Challenge today! 

And please remember, you are not alone; the Mental Wellness Center is always here for you. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health resources and support, please connect with us today at: www.mentalwellnesscenter.org or by giving us a call at 805-884-8440.

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Receives Consecutive 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for Six Consecutive Years

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC) is again proud to announce our sixth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Less than 12% of charities receive six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics continues to demonstrate strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. 

Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders. On June 1, 2016, Charity Navigator upgraded their methodology for rating each charity’s financial health. These enhancements further substantiate the financial health of the 4-star charities. 

“This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “We are proud to announce Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics has earned our sixth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way,” 

“Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics.” 

The pandemic has challenged us like never before. Thanks to our amazing clinical staff, in collaboration with the skilled support staff and led by our competent administration leadership and selfless, dedicated volunteer board, we have remained open to serve our patients with respect and compassion as we struggled with this enormous challenge.” states Charles Fenzi, MD, CEO/CMO.” 

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics rating, and other information about charitable giving, are available free of charge on www.charitynavigator.org. More-detailed information about Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics rating is available to Charity Navigator site visitors who become registered users, another free service.

About SBNC

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics is comprised of two dental clinics, four medical clinics, and three intermittent clinics, all offering behavioral health services, that served over 22,000 individuals in the community over the past year and is an independent, nonprofit health-care organization dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, medical, dental and behavioral healthcare to those in need in Santa Barbara County, regardless of one’s ability to pay, in an environment that fosters respect, compassion and dignity.

About Charity Navigator 

Charity Navigator, www.charitynavigator.org, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers. Charity Navigator, can be reached directly by telephone at (201) 818-1288, or by mail at 139 Harristown Road, Suite 101, Glen Rock, N.J., 07452.