Our program harnesses technology to provide youth with mental health resources and skills to navigate and reduce adverse experiences. We do this by providing a forum to connect youth, community mentors, and behavioral health specialists. Through intergenerational mentoring, we help young people find connection in a post-Covid world.
The goal of our program is to improve access and to grow awareness of mental health resources that will aid in breaking cycles of violence & mental health disturbances in the community.
We focus our programs and services in working-class communities with underserved populations in Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, and Cathedral City, where respectively 5-8%, 6-18%, and 10% of families with children live below poverty. Roughly 1 in every 10 Riverside County residents living below poverty resides in one of the mentioned areas. We focus our program on the communities in areas with median income levels that range in the levels of lower $25k-27k and $31-37k.
For many local communities, poverty is higher and mental health remains a struggle that is hard to overcome, especially as professional treatment is often something only affluent families can afford.
To spread mental health awareness among youth, we have partnered with local Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs organizations.
Using the data from Desert Healthcare District showing a profound difference in access to mental healthcare among racial and ethnic minorities as well as LGBTQ+, disabled, and economically insecure communities. More than 60% of local mental health providers surveyed said there was a high need for mental and behavioral health services for the Hispanic community, and 47% said the same for the Black community.
Parents say that children’s post-pandemic social skills are at risk.
U.S. Teens See Anxiety and Depression as a Major Problem Among Their Peers.
Responsive families and teachers are critical for rich stimulation of children’s communication skills.
Moderated session and mental health discussion with a licensed therapist specializing in family and youth, Maureen Misuraca.
James Woods, founder of "Dat Yoga Dude," promotes mental health and wellness through his organization, offering programs and resources to improve well-being in the educational system.
Join us we discuss navigating tension and disconnection in family relationships with Kate Emerson, an experienced social worker specializing in trauma care and conflict resolution.
We are happy to introduce Circle of Friends, an exceptional mental health community outreach program designed to make a positive impact in the vibrant city of Palm Springs. Our program offers a safe and confidential space where individuals can come together, connect, share their experiences, and cultivate personal growth. Whether you're seeking guidance, support, or a strong network, Circle of Friends is here to provide a caring and inclusive community that understands your journey.
By joining our Circle or starting your own, you gain new connections and access to a wealth of resources and opportunities for personal development. Our program provides free meeting guides and valuable resources that facilitate meaningful group discussions and enhance your skills. Each gathering concludes with a commitment to take One Action, empowering you to step outside your comfort zone and embrace new experiences.
We will meet every Tuesday 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Ajalon Babtist Church in Palm Springs. The sessions are led by our Mental Health Awareness Coordinator Phillip Frazier.
Our upcoming program in planning, Parent Learning Walk, offers top-notch training to parents, equipping them with local tools and knowledge. We place a special emphasis on mental health, striving to reduce the stigma surrounding it and enhance awareness of and access to treatment.
At our core, we aim to support families in their journey to overcome the long-lasting stress and emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to enhance their overall health and well-being by offering a range of engaging activities, including meditation, mindfulness, physical and creative exercises, as well as learning about management and accountability.
To participate, register with Jilska Chandrasena, contact her using the form below.