Let's Talk About It June 6, 2024: Curanderismo and Mental Health - Grace Sesma - Healer, Traditional Medicine Educator

Curanderismo is the holistic approach to wellness that has been used throughout the Americas for hundreds of years and is known as: Mexican Traditional Healing, traditional folk medicine, and medicina del campo. Due to the colonization, now it's a blend of Mexican indigenous culture, beliefs and depending on the individual practioner, their religous, indegionus and tribal background. The body, the mind and the emotions, your spirit, your community and your environment, are inseparable. Join us as Grace Sesma, talks in depth about this topic.
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Let's Talk About It June 13, 2024: Supporting the Mental Health Needs of the LGBTQ Community - Poshi Walker, LGBTQ Program Director, Cal Voices Cultural Broker

Research suggests that LGBTQ individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. Discrimination against LGBTQ community has been associated with high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. Cal Voices is an organization advocating for rights and better health care for the LGBTQ community. Join us as Poshi Walker, discusses the mental health needs of the LGBTQ community and resources that are available. 
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Let's Talk About It June 20, 2024: Best S.T.E.P. Forward - Jacqueline Riddell, Best S.T.E.P. Forward CEO/Founder, Coach Coordinator, Calipatria PAL President

Best S.T.E.P, Forward is an organization that is rapidly growing across the Imperial Valley from Calipatria in the north to Calexico in the south. Best S.T.E.P. Forward hosts programs for children of all abilities. The acronym S.T.E.P. stands for Sports, Theatre, Expression, and Perseverance. This organization believes in "having fun while learning the fundamentals and structure of the organization." Join us as we speak with Jacqueline Riddell as she shares her personal experience and what she's learned from parenting children who are labeled differently, and the mission of this non profit that support these children and youth.
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Let's Talk About It June 27, 2024: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Bianca Nelson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a disorder that develops in certain individuals who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. Symptoms can begin to present themselves within months or even years after the event. Imperial County Behavioral Health's Adult Anxiety and Depression Clinic strives to help individuals, who meet criteria, to find the best way to manage stress and alleviate symptoms and impairments. Join us as we explore the disorders and treatments that work related to PTSD
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Let's Talk About It May 9, 2024:  Postpartum Depression - Dr. Marisel Chibas, Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Join us as we speak to a local OB/GYN about a mental health condition that is associated with giving birth. We'll look at the stressors and joys that follow after having a baby and how postpartum depression can be identified and treated.
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Let's Talk About It May 16, 2024: Anxiety And Depression Disorders and Therapies - Mariana Magaña, LCSW, Psychiatric Social Worker, Adult Anxiety and Depression Clinic, El Centro

While anxiety and depression are not uncommon elements of an adult life, the pandemic has put these conditions in the forefront of many people's day to day existence. Join us as Mariana Magaña offers information on how to monitor, self-manage, and know when to seek support for depression and anxiety. Sharpen those self-care pencils and get ready to take notes!
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Let's Talk About It May 23, 2024: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - Dalia Pesqueira, LMFT, Behavioral Health Manager, Youth and Young Adults Services

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day, in-person workshop for individual's who want to feel comfortable, confident and competent in the prevention of suicide. Over one million individuals have participated in this highly interactive, practical, and practice-oriented workshop. Behavioral Health Services has implemented the ASIST model for over 20 years. This training is offered monthly at no cost to our community. Join us and learn more on how to make our community a suicide safer place
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Let's Talk About It May 30, 2024:  Youth Mental Health First Aid - Jose Saenz, Community Service Worker, Youth and Young Adults Brawley

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an interactive training that teaches participants 18 years of age and older how to help adolescents experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge. It is primarily designed for adults who interact with adolescents (12-18) on a regular basis. This training introduces common mental health challenges and disorders for youth. It serves as a tool to help assess if an adolescent is in danger and how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
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Let's Talk About It April 4, 2024: Main Character Syndrome -  Cynthia V. Catchings, LCSW-S-Executive Director Psychotherapist-Women's Emotional Wellness Center & Consulting Firm

Each one of us has the perspective of being the main character in our lives as we progress through education, career, relationships and health. Main Character Syndrome describes a condition where our, main character perspective becomes self-indulgent and over dramatic, interfering with social relationships as people in our lives are placed in roles of antagonists in our personal perspective dramas and are increasingly endorsing a false narrative, in real life or on social media. Join us as we speak with psychotherapist Cynthia Catchings to explore this natural perspective in mind.
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Let's Talk About It April 11, 2024: Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) - Frank Spesia, M.E, MGA Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACEs) Coordinator St.Joseph County Department of Health, Indiana

PACEs refers to the research about the significant effects of positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs) and how they work together to affect our lives. Having a supportive friend or partner, living in a safe neighborhood, and having access to nutritious food are all things that are shown to be positive influences. There is research linking each of these positive experiences to better health and increased resilience that may offset adverse experiences and promoted happier, more successful youth lives!
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Let's Talk About It April 18, 2024: Mental Health First Aid - Marie Arroyo, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Program Supervisor-Adult and Older Adult Services-Calexico Anxiety and Depression

The Mental Health First Aid program is an interactive training program that introduces participants, 18 years of age and over, to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. This training, is offered free of charge as a community service to the public by Imperial County Behavioral Health. It builds understanding of the impact of mental health concerns and outlines common treatments. Mental health awareness can support safer and healthier communities.
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Let's Talk About It April 25, 2024: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - Daphna Peterson, LCSW, DBT Therapist Christopher Conley, MSW, RSW DBT Clinician Portland DBT Institute

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) provides people with a new set of skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. This therapy focuses on four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is an evidenced-based treatment program incorporating individual therapy, group therapy, and a therapist consultation team. This comprehensive approach is a new addition to the stable of evidence-based practices embraced by Imperial County Behavioral Health, join us to hear more
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Let's Talk About It May 2, 2024: Directing Change - Jackie Valadez, Teacher Southwest High School and Directing Change Film Contestant Students

Directing Change is a statewide video competition among high school students in which students participate by creating videos that talk about mental health. Submission categories include Suicide Prevention, Mental Heath Matters, and Through the Lens of Culture with the goal of reducing stigma that surrounds mental health. Southwest High School students created several submissions that will be shown at community wide premier on April 27th at Southwest High School. We talk to the teams that created these videos and they share their stories.
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