March 4, 2021 - Central Union High School’s Yellow Ribbon Club - Ramona Campos Counselor Itzel and Vanessa President, Vice-President of Yellow Ribbon Club Central Union High School

The Yellow Ribbon Club, a high school student organization, encourages a positive attitude and outlook in life. The club promotes holistic wellness starting with students, but with a goal of reaching the entire community, through a focus on self-care and positivity. Join us as counselor Ramona Campos and student leaders Itzel and Vanessa talk more about this wonderful school-based mental health wellness club.
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March 11, 2021 - Grief During a Pandemic - Stephanie Ramirez, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervising Therapist Children Services.

The pandemic has brought grief to our community. Lost loved ones, lost freedoms, lost opportunities, lost social contacts, lost practices and habits all have resulted from the pandemic and its conditions. Join us as therapist Stephanie Ramirez acknowledges and validates the losses we’ve all suffered and provides both healing coping and a sense of when grief may be overwhelming and when support may be necessary for recovery.
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March 18, 2021 - Healthy Causes of Substance Use Disorders - Eufemio Anaya, AMFT Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Mental Health Counselor Substance Use Disorder Program

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of tobacco, alcohol exacts more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care. Yet to our families, substance use can be personally even more devastating. To an individual this disorder may even be fatal. Why do people use substances? How does it lead to life-threatening problems? Therapist Eufemio Anaya explores the answers. Lifechanging answers. The pandemic has placed additional concern on substance use, tune in.
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March 25, 2021 - Adult Healthy Relationships During a Pandemic - Sergio Felipe Hernandez, AMFT Associate Marriage and Family Therapist Mental Health Counselor Adult Services

Adulthood contains a number of life challenges, possibly including the beginning or ending of romantic relationships, career choices, parenting, aging, and adult steps and stages. With therapist Sergio Hernandez, we focus on all of these relational aspects in the context of this pandemic. He shares common concerns and helpful strategies in supporting ourselves and other adults through the remainder of the pandemic and its restrictions.
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April  1, 2021 - Self-harming Behaviors In Youth and Young Adults - Maricruz Bermudez, LFMT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervising Therapist Youth and Young Adult Services

What is self-harm? NAMI defines it as: self-harm or self-injury means hurting yourself on purpose. The thoughts or actually hurting yourself are a sign of emotional distress. With the pandemic and the particular stress on youth and young adults, the risks of self-harming behaviors have probably never been more pronounced. Please join us as therapist Maricruz Bermudez talks about more in depth about the signs and symptoms and the different interventions and help that are available for young people that are experiencing self-harm.
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February 4, 2021 - Portland Identification and Early Referral Model (PIER) The Power of Family Support - Diana Lee-Aguirre Quality Improvement Specialist Compliance Unit.

Psychosis onset, typically in the late teenage years, is a concerning possibility, made more concerning by the isolation of pandemic conditions which might hide or mask emerging symptoms. The Portland Identification and Early Referral (PIER) Model involves the initiation of a variety of activities designed to: educate about the importance of early detection and intervention; empower with the information and tools to recognize the early signs.
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February 11, 2021 - Attention Deficit Disorder in Children - Pria Persuad, MD Board Certified Psychiatrist.

We all know kids who can’t sit still, who never seem to listen, who don’t follow instructions no matter how clearly you present them, or who blurt out inappropriate comments at inappropriate times. Sometimes these children are labeled as trouble makers, or criticized for being lazy and undisciplined. However, they may have ADD/ADHD, a treatable mental health condition. Tune in and learn more about the condition and how to best manage it in childhood.
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February 18, 2021 - Healthy Youth Relationships During a Pandemic - Andrea Platero, APCC Associate Professional Clinical Counselor Mental Health Counselor Youth and Young Adults El Centro

Adolescence contains a number of life challenges, possibly including the beginnings of romantic relationships, career choices, and adult independence steps and stages. With therapist Andrea Platero, we focus on the modern context of young love, including social media and the impacts of the pandemic. We consider common concerns and share helpful strategies in supporting youth through their first romantic relationships.
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February 25, 2021 - Youth Mental Health First Aid - Joe Saenz Community Service Worker Youth and Young Adults El Centro

The Youth Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive training that introduces participants, to risk factors and warnings signs of mental health problems. This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescents (age 12-18) who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenges or are in crisis.
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