MHSA Community Planning Process

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Come and hear what the community has to say about mental health. We welcome you to participate in the Community Planning Process and will be reviewing the results of the Ventura County Community Needs Assessment.

 

JOIN US IN-PERSON

  • Oxnard
    Tuesday, November 29
    6:00 - 7:30 pm

    The Board Room at the Oxnard School District
    1051 South A Street, Oxnard CA 93030

    REGISTER HERE > 

  • Santa Paula
    Wednesday, November 30

    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Community Center in Santa Paula
    530 W Main St, Santa Paula, CA 93060

    REGISTER HERE >

 

OR JOIN US ONLINE VIA ZOOM

 

To register by email, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Para registrarse a los eventos en español, por favor siga este enlace.

 

Interpretation and childcare available upon request.

Funding is made through Ventura County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Services Act.

 

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Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community

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Suicide touches us all. Find connections and support through personal stories, creative expression, wellness activities and local resources. 

Join us in-person or virtually for the Preventing Suicide: Connections & Community Forum. Free events on September 21 and 29.

REGISTER NOW >

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Community Webinars – Mental Health Matters!

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What is the difference between healthy stress and unhealthy anxiety? Between normal sadness and serious depression? Did you know that our emotional health affects our physical health too?

 

Please join us on: 

TUESDAY, MAY 24th 
5:30 – 7:00 PM 

(English with Spanish interpretation)

 

REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event:
www.vcbh.org/mh-webinar

 


 

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Serious mental illness can affect anyone, and getting help early is important. What are the signs? Learn how to recognize them, and how to help someone you care about.

 

Please join us on: 

MONDAY, MAY 16th 
5:30 – 7:00 PM

(English with Spanish interpretation)

or

THURSDAY, MAY 19th 
5:30 – 7:00 PM

(Spanish with English interpretation)

 

REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event:
www.vcbh.org/key-webinar

 

 

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Stress & Self-Care Webinar

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Join us for this special community webinar. 

Learn techniques to manage stress and enhance your health and well-being. 

 

Please join us on: 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 
12:00 NOON – 1:30 PM 

 

REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event: 
www.vcbh.org/self-care 


Interpretation is available upon prior request.

 

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Community Education and Support Webinars

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Grief is a natural response to various losses we will experience in our lifetime. Learn about the stages of grief and how to best care for yourself. 

 

Please join us on: 

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12th 
3:00 – 4:00 PM 

 

REGISTER NOW for this free Zoom event via email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Interpretation is available upon prior request.

 

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Community Update – Mental Health Services Act

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JOIN US ONLINE for a community update on the Mental Health Services Act.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6:00 – 7:30 PM

OR

Thursday, November 18, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  

Register for the Zoom event via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Interpretation is available upon prior request. 

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5th Annual Preventing Suicide: Help & Hope Conference – A Review 

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 The 5th Annual Preventing Suicide: Help & Hope Conference was held on December 10, 2020. Keynote Speaker Pablo Campos from Active Minds shared his insights about struggling with depression and addiction – and his road from attempting suicide to recovery. QPR Suicide Prevention Training was also offered.

Pablo Campos shared an inspiring story of his challenges in his road to recovery and talked about how stigma, cultural norms, and lack of education affected him and his recovery process. He discussed important obstacles that many struggles with when dealing with a mental illness and addiction; growing up without any discussion of or education on mental health, having to juggle the norms of two cultures, and lacking healthy coping skills. Pablo shared about not understanding why he had feelings of anger and frustration and of being unsure how to cope. He talked about how stigma and a lack of education made seeking help more difficult, but by finding a strong network of professionals and loved ones, he was able to grow from being his own worst enemy to a powerful participant in his recovery.

The QPR training is a great educational resource that teaches how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The program is designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond; it is designed to increase the chance of survival in the event of a crisis. The mission for QPR is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.

Suicide is a tragic reaction to severe distress or feelings of hopelessness in one's life. Thoughts of suicide do not necessarily mean that you want to die. Instead they mean that you have more pain than you can cope with right now. However, suicidal thoughts do not have to become suicidal actions. It's important to know that suicide can be preventable. Whether you are considering ending your life, or know someone who feels suicidal, learn to recognize the warning signs and how to get immediate help. You may save a life – your own or someone else's.

Learn More:

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