SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Louis Evans, Elizabeth White, Ed Featherston, Kevin Benedict, Adrian Bridgwater

News Feed Item

"Serving Those Who Serve" Supports Mental Health Awareness And Stigma Elimination In San Diego's Military Community

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS SERVICES TO HELP WITH INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR

SAN DIEGO, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The San Diego military community joined local mental health advocates last night for "Serving Those Who Serve," an event designed to break down the barriers that prevent service members and veterans from seeking mental health services, specifically the stigma associated with mental illness. More than 200 veterans, active duty and their family members attended the event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum to hear from John Roberts of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and a panel of veterans and mental health experts moderated by KGTV reporter, Bob Lawrence. Hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Diego, the event also included a wellness fair of more than 25 organizations.

County of San Diego Supervisor Ron Roberts, 4th District, visits with a guest at *Serving Those Who Serve: Wellness Fair for Veterans, Active Duty and their Families* at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on March 4 in San Diego, Calif. Hosted by the California Mental Health Services Authority, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and the National Alliance on Mental Illness San Diego, the event supports mental health awareness and stigma elimination in San Diego's military community.

"One in five service members will need help dealing with the invisible wounds of war, including combat stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury," said John Roberts, executive vice president of warrior relations, WWP. "We must ensure these warriors are provided the best care for their physical and mental health. We need to first reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, so when they are facing a mental health challenge, they are not afraid to reach out for help and support." 

Roberts highlighted the work WWP is doing at the national level to support those who are facing mental health challenges. The programs offered by WWP encourage goal-setting to help warriors understand their new normal, for example their outdoor rehabilitative retreat that promotes connecting and healing with other combat veterans. The organization's website features online assessment tools and videos of fellow warriors sharing their stories and experiences.

In addition to national resources, the military community of San Diego is supported by a number of local programs and services that promote mental wellness. Alfredo Aguirre, behavioral health director, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Services spotlighted the "It's Up to Us" and "Know the Signs" campaigns as examples of how the county is creating an environment where residents openly talk about mental illness, recognize symptoms and seek help.

Joining Roberts for a panel discussion were Maurice Wilson of National Veterans Transition Services, Barbara Padilla from Courage to Call, McCail Smith Jr. of the Mental Health Advocacy Council for VA Medical Center La Jolla, veteran and Veterans Affair chaplain Larry Taylor and combat veteran Giovanny Penate. During the 45-minute discussion and Q&A session, panelists emphasized the importance of encouraging open dialogue about mental illness as a critical first step in reducing stigma associated with mental illness. The veterans on the panel shared how they overcame the struggles they faced by accessing local services, such as Courage to Call 2-1-1, a 24/7 helpline in San Diego County staffed by trained veterans that links individuals to prevention-oriented services and other mental health resources. Panelists also noted the success of National Veterans Transition Services Inc. local REBOOT workshops that have helped 1,078 families successfully transition from active duty to civilian life.

"The men and women who serve in our military and their families make tremendous sacrifices on behalf of every American," said County Supervisor Ron Roberts, who during his remarks noted that he is the son of a World War II Navy veteran. "That's why it is critical that we provide them the support they need, and eliminate any stigma about reaching out for mental health services."

At the conclusion of the event, attendees were invited to build on the momentum of the conversation and pledge their commitment to reducing stigma associated with mental illness, joining the hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals across California who make up Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement. Pledges will be shared on www.EachMindMatters.org, where supporters can stay connected to the movement, read and share real stores of recovery and learn more about mental health strategies that save lives and invest in local communities throughout California.

About the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA)

CalMHSA is an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. Prevention and Early Intervention programs implemented by CalMHSA are funded through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). Prop. 63 provides the funding and framework needed to expand mental health services to previously underserved populations and all of California's diverse communities.

About Prevention and Early Intervention

Prevention and Early Intervention initiatives are voter-approved Prop. 63-funded programs aimed at preventing suicides, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving student mental health. These initiatives transform California's mental health services approach by uniting California's diverse communities to embrace mental wellness and delivering the tools individuals need before they reach the crisis point. They are implemented as a coordinated effort by California's counties for maximum statewide impact and cost effectiveness.

The Stigma and Discrimination Reduction initiative uses a full range of Prevention and Early Intervention strategies to confront the fundamental causes of stigmatizing attitudes and discriminatory and prejudicial actions toward people with mental illness, across ages and backgrounds.

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140305/LA76518

SOURCE California Mental Health Services Authority

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today Isomorphic Software, the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications, will exhibit at SYS-CON's DevOps Summit 2015 New York, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Isomorphic Software is the global leader in high-end, web-based business applications. We develop, market, and support the SmartClient & Smart GWT HTML5/Ajax platform, combining the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software ...
17th Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises a...
Zerto has announced the general availability of Zerto Virtual Replication 4.0 (ZVR 4.0). The company’s enterprise-class business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) software is the first to protect, replicate, and migrate data between VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors, as well as across private, hybrid and public cloud environments including Amazon Web Services (AWS). ZVR 4.0 also allows channel partners and cloud service providers to expand their offerings to grow revenues by pr...
Avnet, Inc. has announced that it ranked No. 4 on the InformationWeek Elite 100 – a list of the top business technology innovators in the U.S. Avnet was recognized for the development of an innovative cloud-based training system that serves as the foundation for Avnet Academy – the company’s education and training organization focused on technical training around top IT vendor technologies. The development of this system allowed Avnet to quickly expand its IT-related training capabilities around...
Docker is becoming very popular--we are seeing every major private and public cloud vendor racing to adopt it. It promises portability and interoperability, and is quickly becoming the currency of the Cloud. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, CEO of ActiveState, discussed why Docker is so important to the future of the cloud, but will also take a step back and show that Docker is actually only one piece of the puzzle. Copeland will outline the bigger picture of where Docker fits a...
This talk focuses on the application of DevOps fundamentals to include network infrastructure. It draws from real deployment case studies on the extension of today's paradigms to address the challenges of the network infrastructures' ability to seamlessly and cohesively integrate into agile workflows. In this session at DevOps Summit, Arista Networks will focus on configuration management using automation with a nod to future work necessary to include telemetry and ephemeral state information....
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
DevOps Summit, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developmen...
Database apps on mobile devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, will discuss how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again), whenever an Internet connection is available. He will demonstrate techniques for replicating cloud databases with mobile devices in order to build offline-enabled mobile apps that can provide a better,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that B2Cloud, a provider of enterprise resource planning software, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. B2cloud develops the software you need. They have the ideal tools to help you work with your clients. B2Cloud’s main solutions include AGIS – ERP, CLOHC, AGIS – Invoice, and IZUM
As cloud gives an opportunity to businesses to buy services externally – how is cloud impacting your customers? In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Fabio Gori, Director of Worldwide Cloud Marketing at Cisco, provided answers to big questions: Do you see hybrid cloud as where the world is going? What benefits does it bring? And how does Cisco connect all of these clouds? He also discussed Intercloud and Cisco’s investment on it.
The WebRTC Summit 2015 New York, to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is open. Topics include all aspects of improving IT delivery by eliminating waste through automated business models leveraging cloud technologies. WebRTC Summit is co-located with 16th International Cloud Expo, @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit.
It's time to put the "Thing" back in IoT. Whether it’s drones, robots, self-driving cars, ... There are multiple incredible examples of the power of IoT nowadays that are shadowed by announcements of yet another twist on statistics, databases, .... Sorry, I meant, Big Data(TM), tiered storage(TM), complex systems(TM), smart nations(TM), .... In his session at WebRTC Summit, Dr Alex Gouaillard, CTO and Co-Founder of Temasys, will discuss the concrete, cool, examples of IoT already happening tod...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CenturyLink, Inc., a leader in the network services market, has been named “Platinum Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY., and the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides private all-in-one social intranets allowing workers to securely collaborate from anywhere in the world and from any device. Social, mobile, and eas...