May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To honor it, CRCH’s Behavioral Health team will be meeting to help coordinate a plan to provide mental health awareness and basic interventions for our patients by providing information and materials such as substance abuse conditions, behaviors, anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and other life stressors, etc.
Information on Mental Health Awareness Month: What is it?
Mental Health Awareness Month was started in 1949 as a way of raising awareness about mental health and the crises that occur when we fail to address mental health concerns early and effectively through prevention, early intervention and treatment. Over the last 60+ years, the one month observance has reached millions of individuals struggling with mental health issues of their own or of those they love. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. The National Association of Mental Illness and participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care. Mental health is a topic that affects us all. We all have minds. We all have feelings. Therefore, mental health is relevant to YOU.
2017 Theme: “Risky Business”
The National Theme of Mental Health Awareness Month for 2017 is “Risky Business”. Mental Health America, the organization that spearheads the themes, media coverage, and local events each year, has highlighted this topic because it is “important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing or exacerbating mental illnesses, or could be signs of mental health problems themselves”. Some risky behaviors include, but are not limited to “risky sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns”. The tools and resources in the links provided may help to raise awareness of the risks that these types of behaviors present, how to reduce these risks, prevent illness and improve wellness. (www.mentalhealthamerica.net)
CRCH and Behavioral Health
As part of an integrated team, together we can support our patients in identifying risky behaviors and addressing them. Ultimately, our wellness is notably linked to our behavioral choices. So, let’s try to make mindful choices in promotion of our own health. Let’s try to make mindful choices that promote one another’s health; and let’s definitely support our patients in strengthening their own skills to make health promoting mindful choices away from risk and towards wellness!
CRCH is a grateful recipient of Project Bread’s support for our Healthy Foods Program, which helps to provide supermarket vouchers to families in need. We are proud to support Project Bread’s annual Walk for Hunger event on May 7th, as our staff members participated in the walk and also volunteered for the event. Thanks everyone for your participation, and let’s work together to help end hunger in our communities.
Charles River Community Health website just won a Best of Category Award (Medical) from the Interactive Media Awards!
In order to win this award level, our site successfully passed through a comprehensive judging process, achieving very high marks in each of the judging criteria. We would like to thank our website design partner, Corey McPherson Nash, who did such a good job with our website!
The Student Leadership Committee of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care hosted a seminar for their Community Health in Action series, and our Associate Director Francisca Guevara spoke eloquently about her many years of experience, working closely with vulnerable populations and the vital role of community health workers in improving the health outcomes of our community. We are glad to be invited to participate in this event, and we hope that Francisca’s sharing has inspired a new generation of doctors, nurse practitioners and other health professionals to work in community health!
Last night at William James College’s annual gala, our Director of Behavioral Health Jose Morrell accepted a Community Service & Teaching Award on behalf of the health center; honoring the 14 year partnership that CRCH has had with the College.
Through our partnership with WJC, we train students to work in an integrated healthcare setting and meet the needs of an underserved patient population. The collaboration with WJC is what has enabled a substantial growthin our Behavioral Health department, and now we can serve more patients than ever before.
Our Executive Director Liz Browne is in DC this week (and here with MA’s own Senator Warren!), joining the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to advocate for all community health centers across the country.