Letter to Youth
Dear Santa Barbara County students,
Having a parent, friend or peer die by suicide can be a very difficult thing for anyone to process. Many teens are reluctant to reach out for help when they are dealing with difficult emotional issues including grief, and they try to get through it alone. This is not always the best or safest way. We want to remind teens that in addition to turning to friends for support, there are caring, trusted adults who can also help them cope during difficult times.
Since teens and young adults use social media for information and communication, we would like to suggest that you and your friends post the following on your Facebook wall or other social media sites such as Twitter or Snapchat
Death by suicide is so sad and such a shock to us all. Suicide can best be prevented through treatment and support. We can best honor loved ones who have died by suicide by making sure that people who are struggling seek help. If you’re feeling lost, desperate, or alone, please contact one of the lines listed below. You are not alone, you matter to us. Please reach out!
Toll-free, 24/7 Access Line for information, referrals and crisis response – 1-888-868-1649 Santa Barbara Response Network 24/7 Line – 805-699-5608. www.sbresponsenetwork.org
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK. www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Information about suicide
SHAKING THE HOLIDAYS BLUES
by Rachel Minter, MSWc, Tulane Univ. New Orleans
Project Heal of Santa Barbara County-Social Services Project
Dear Mindset Journal,
How Do We Do The Holidays?
What does the “Holiday Season” bring to mind in you? It is so different for every individual. Some may stress about making the perfect meal, buying the perfect gift. Others may spend this time mourning the loss or absence of a loved one. Holidays tend to involve family, and that is very different for every individual.
The first holiday I ever hosted was one month after getting married (those of you who know the stress of that alone know). My husband and I had just bought a house (another stress). Add to that I was hosting a holiday meal for the first time ever in a house I barely know, one month after getting married for FOURTY of my husband’s family members! I love to cook, but for FOURTY?! I was a bit stressed.
The night before Thanksgiving I got the call that my grandmother had passed away. I truly lost it, guys. I had fourty people coming to my house the next day, some of whom were staying with us, and I just lost it.
So, here’s the deal: Holidays can be very stressful for so many reasons. Are we missing loved ones? Are we stressed about the family that’s coming? (that happens to me every year). Are we stressed about the preparation? Are we stressed because it takes us to memories that we may not be ready to or want to talk about? Are we stressed for any other reason? All of these are 100% reasonable and understandable.
A few ways I can deal with that:
1. CALL A FRIEND. When I found out my grandmother had passed on top of the other stress I had, I sat in my car and cried it out. Then I called my best friend. Being able to cry to her, talk to her, vent to her calmed me down enough to walk back in my house and take control of things again. I needed that.
The holidays are also a great time to remember loved ones who have passed. If you have family or friends around, bring them up in conversation. You’ll often find yourselves all laughing about stories from the past.
2. GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO GRIEVE: In my case, it was a very immediate loss, but I miss loved ones every holiday season. Let yourself do that. Tell people that you need to take a walk or need time for yourself. Celebrate the holidays with those who you love, including those that you have lost.
3. ASK FOR HELP: That first Thanksgiving taught me this one big time. I like to be in control of my kitchen and my cooking, but I learned that I can’t do it all as a “one-woman circus”. Ask others to bring or make dishes or even just do the dishes. This will take a huge weight off of your responsibilities. Be willing to let go of those responsibilities. If you’re like me, that’s not always easy, but trust me that others will love to help.
4. SELF CARE: Do not forget that you need to put yourself first. For me, I will step outside to talk to a friend with a full house of guests or just go for a short walk. Go to bed when YOU need to go to bed. Don’t feel that you have to cater to your guests all day and night. I find that a nice walk or a talk with a friend helps calm me down a lot if I am stressed.
Overall, the holidays can be both stressful and emotional. Keep in the forefront of your mind that you need to take care of yourself first in order to take care of others. Well journal until next time...End Entry
The Best Protection Is Early Detection
Jeanine English MPH, Project Heal Health Educator and Contributor
Dear Mindset Journal,
The after effects of the pandemic has highlighted the importance of one’s physical and mental health. In addition, it’s brought to the attention of many the seriousness of socioeconomic disparities that contribute to the lack of equity and equality in healthcare. As in many aspects in life when you ignore a small problem it has the potential to snowball into larger problem. That is why you do not wait until the night before a final to study, ignore the unusual knocking noise coming from your car when you start it, or put off yearly exams when it concerns your health.
As the saying goes, The Best Protection is Early Detection. According to US Breast Cancer Statistics it is estimated that 281, 550 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is also estimated that 2, 650 men will be diagnosed this year as well. Due to factors beyond our control there was a sharp decline in mammograms. The reasons behind this are; the prioritizing of healthcare during the beginning of the pandemic to address emergency and urgent situations, affordability, and mental fatigue in which people were overwhelmed and not keeping up with preventative care. Unfortunately, Breast Cancer did not get fatigued nor did not take the year off.
Thankfully in the counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo we have a program to assist Women and Men in receiving a mammogram. The organization is called Every Woman Counts and it provides cancer screening tests funded by a federally funded nationwide program called National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This organization will help those uninsured, underinsured, or undocumented immigrants. They will help you through the process of being screened and if you receive a breast cancer diagnosis they will help with the financial cost.
Since the best protection against fighting Breast Cancer is Early Detection please keep up with your monthly Breast Exams, Schedule your yearly exams with your physician, and lastly start receiving yearly mammograms once you have reached the age of 40 or have a genetic/familial link with breast cancer.
Encourage One Another,
Jeanine English MPH, Project Heal Health Educator and Contributor
Until next check-in "Journal" end of entry...
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Ever Woman Counts Health Educator Brianna Dunn MPBreast Cancer statistics https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics
Every Woman Counts Screening PDF
Repairing & Rebuilding & Protecting
by Marie D Corbin, Executive Director & Editor
Dear Mindset Journal,
I would like to honor "Int'l Survivors of Suicide Loss Day" happening on November 20, 2021, so we are dedicating this issue to the remembering of so many we have lost and are losing to suicide during these unprecedented and shifting of times. Repairing, rebuilding, and protecting are issues describing our theme in this Fall/Winter Issue. Like in your case, journal, so many people are finding themselves in a mental health crisis with law enforcement at the other end and too often people are feeling lost and dying by the millions in our broken and fragile mental health system that I find is riddled with standard of care issues for the most vulnerable populations, communities of color.
For example, EMT and Law enforcement (in my daughters case) failed to act quick enough to render immediate medical care but chose instead to "secure the scene" leaving many helpless and unable to reverse the "crisis” they find themselves in. Her physical body was dying as the anti-epileptic medications she swallowed in a “crisis moment” produced a toxicity in her bloodstream requiring medical intervention immediately! Bulk medications toxin build up called (blood toxicity) quickly occurs with little time to spare. Having the proper crisis team initially on the scene, is crucial and literally is the difference between life and death.
In my opinion too often, people with mental illness coupled with chronic ailments do not receive mental health response promptly when experiencing a mental health crisis. Instead, people in crisis often encounter law enforcement rather than a mental health professional when needed most and although there is more sensitivity training being provide to the first responders, mental health crisis teams are being demanded in all counties were other 1st responders services are being provided. People in crisis deserve a timely, properly assessed, standard of care specifically for those in a mental health crisis. Until next time journal...End of Entry.
To learn more and help protect and rebuild a new crisis response standard of care please click links
Building a Recovery System of Care by
NAMI St. Tammy Article
Mon Coeur (My Heart), June 4, 2018, was the last time I would ever touch your skin and hold your face in my hands...and although your touch is something I can only hold as a memory now, your life lives on in the spirit and essence of
Project Heal SBC just as you always wanted.
Shaking the Holidays Blues
Shaking the Holidays Blues
How Integrated Health & Self-Care Management models are slowly making all the difference in communities of color abilities to obtain better access to multi-disciplined collaborative care.
Journal Entry by Marie Corbin, E.D., Director of Health Services
Dear Mindset Journal,
I would like to acknowledge PHOSBC 's Outcomes & give Kudu's to our entire volunteer team which has successfully contributed to the improvement and well-being for ethnic minority individuals, families, and communities, local and nationally, virtually and in person. As well as collaborating in a "bridging the gap" concept by contributing to the reduction of mental health disparities in communities of color and in the promotion of better mental health access. They have successfully learned how to integrate services with other primary care, mental health providers, organizations, partners and peer support specialists during a global pandemic due to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) with limited funding and resources. Well Done Team!!
Dear Mindset Journal, Part One
Project Heal of Santa Barbara County has always known the value of utilizing the principals from Integrative Medicine, the Arts and in the incorporating specifically from Holistic nursing principles which is defined as “a format of nursing care that integrates the patient’s body, mind and spirit through therapeutic touch, bodywork, reflexology and other manoeuvres” in that helps create our mission driven purpose. As the leaves begin to fall and winter concerns abide one thing is still looming in the public health background that continues to warrant the attention of organizations throughout our county and "dare I say even in our nation..." I would like to explore date related to integrated health, standards of care changes and more a bit more so until next time journal end entry.
Part Two in our next eblast! in November! Stay Tuned...
An Interview with Project Heal of Santa Barbara County
Executive Director Marie D Corbin, APRN (Ret.),
MPHc & Project MAP Director of Health Services
By Keera Saylor, Georgetown University (GWU) Student
Keera-What is Project Heal?
Marie-Project Heal of Santa Barbara County a 501(c)(3) charity that basis its mission around the Integrative Care Model we aspire to empower those living with mental and chronic health challenges in our community via access to healthcare navigation stations, health literacy campaigns/events, resources, referrals, care management that includes integrative health, nursing, neuropsychology, and peer support evidence-based theories.
Keera -What is the overall goal of Project Heal?
Marie-Creating awareness of the impact of Integrative Health principles when incorporated with behavioral modification evidenced based practices, peer support and holistic nursing models to help reduce stigma by removing barriers that exist in the current mental and chronic health system.
Keera -What is Project Heal’s role in promoting adolescent mental health?
Marie- At this time our role is to create awareness to the pre-teens, teens, and Freshman generations of how health literacy can provide them with valuable information that can help them navigate this challenging mental health care system we currently have in place and to be there for them when they have concerns, questions or even they’re own concerns. We also invite them just to come in, volunteer at events and help us out to gain better more insight into mental health and the industry.
Keera- What kind of social determinants do you think impacts the mental health of adolescents in Santa Barbara County?
Marie-According to the Cottage Health Community Assessment report completed in 2019 using the healthy 2020 health determinants
the results revealed pretty much our why? We advocate for access to safe and complete healthcare to communities that face multiple disparities, discrimination, indifferences, lower standards of healthcare services inhibited by language and social barriers. I believe these older standards of care theories impeded healing for those who endure repeated traumas and crisis in a 21st century time due to these disparities gaps; which in turn ignores stigmas and increase barriers to access to healthcare, especially for the youth because they still don’t know the ends and outs of the mental health care system, driving them even more to social media for the bulk of their therapy or lack thereof
The results show that on many health indicators, Santa Barbara County is slightly lower than California and has already met five Healthy People 2020 targets. The benefits of good health and well‐being do not extend to all groups in the county, with Hispanic residents, people with low incomes, and those with less education suffering the most from health disparities. Overall, five areas emerged as priority health areas in Santa Barbara County (alpha order): Access to Care, Behavioral Health Chronic Conditions Resiliency, Social Needs
Keera What kind of initiatives seem to be the most successful when working with adolescents?
Marie-Healthy Food Initiatives
Engaging positive social media campaigns
Engaging creation of Youth apps with text talk initiatives
Improved emotional support Groups with inclusiveness for those with launguage barriers, cultural beliefs, family support inclusiveness, Facebook/IG Events/ Live Online events
Cottage Health, Population Health (2019). Cottage Health Community Health Needs Assessment Report, 2019. Santa Barbara, CA.
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by Marie D Corbin, APRN (Ret), Executive Director
Expression is a window to your soul - Marie Corbin.