In the Limelight: Colusa County Department of Behavioral Health
Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement is supported by the outstanding work performed by counties across the state. A recent RAND report shows that through local and statewide efforts California counties are at the forefront in breaking down barriers so all Californians can live mentally well. Each day, our county partners work in communities to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness as well as raise awareness about the services available to their residents.
We continue our snapshot series of these outstanding efforts in our counties with a look at Colusa County.
The Colusa County Department of Behavioral Health had a very active spring leveraging Each Mind Matters resources to engage the community around mental health and wellness.
Despite a rainy forecast, runners and walkers enthusiastically participated in the Colusa County Second Annual Stomp Out Stigma 5K Run/Walk on May 7, 2016. Before participants conquered the 5K route, keynote speaker Pablo Campos from the Pensacola State College Chapter of Active Minds, shared his experiences managing mental health challenges as a young adult. Community partners such as First 5 and the Department of Probation also hosted information booths about their programs and services in Colusa County.
Colusa County’s dynamic outreach efforts also included hosting events geared towards its diverse communities. Through a partnership with the Safe Haven Wellness and Recovery Center, the county hosted a car show where veterans proudly showcased 33 classic cars as well as discussed the mental health issues affecting veterans in the community. Over 150 people attended the event, which raised $900 for the Safe Haven Fund.
Additionally, the county collaborated with Native American tribal members from the Wintun tribe to host a screening and talking circle to discuss the mental health themes presented in the Pixar film, Inside Out. The event took place on the tribe’s reservation where participants also learned about the resources and services offered through the county, Safe Haven Wellness and Recovery Center, and Each Mind Matters.
The mental health resources and services offered by Colusa County and its partners were also featured at the event “Cultiva La Salud Mental” (Nurture Your Mental Health). Families were informed about how to combat mental health stigma in the Latino community. Participants also enjoyed family wellness activities that included gardening, arts and crafts, and multicultural entertainment.
These are just a few examples of the great work performed by the Colusa County Department of Behavioral Health and its partners. To learn more, visit countyofcolusa.org.
Make sure to check in next month to see which California County is in the limelight!
For related content: In the Limelight: Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health