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Peer run, mental health, self-help recovery, drop in center located 5360 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 600, Petaluma.
Contact: Carol West (707) 565-1299 email@example.com
The mission of interlink self-help center is to provide a safe environment in which those of us facing our mental health challenges can improve our quality of life through self-help, mutual support and empowerment. Located at 1033 Fourth St. Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Contact: Sean Kelson (707) 546-4481
Our center is a non-profit Mental Health consumer-operated self-help center located at 2245 Challenger Way #104 Santa Rosa, Ca 95407 Contact Manager Sean Bolan, (707) 565-7804 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Programs in Sonoma
The Sonoma County Independent Living (SCIL) Program
Transition Age Youth (TAY)
Advocates for Youth (SAY),
The Family Service Coordinator
The Petaluma Education and Support Group
This group meets the 2nd Thursday of every month.
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM at
939 B Street, Petaluma, First Presbyterian Church, Fireside Room.
The Resource Clinic that meets every Tuesday, except the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM is back! The Resource Clinic meets at Buckelew Programs Sonoma, 2300 Northpoint Pkwy, Santa Rosa.
Peer support is the “process of giving and receiving encouragement and assistance to achieve long-term recovery.” Peer supporters “offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance, and connect people with resources, opportunities, communities of support, and other people” (Mead, 2003; Solomon, 2004).
PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. Our mission is to promote innovative peer-based wellness strategies. We create culturally-rich, community-based mental health programs that honor diverse experiences and eliminate stigma and discrimination.
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm
The film highlights the inspirational stories of Markeeta Parker, 23, who for the first time publicly shares her story of overcoming sexual abuse and managing PTSD and depression; Arthur Renowitzky, 24, who was paralyzed after being shot and robbed while leaving a nightclub and now educates youth on gun violence; and Brianna Williams, 23, who opens up about feeling different as an adolescent and the importance of peer support.
In sharing their highly personal journeys, the cast shows that even in life’s darkest moments no one can take your shine.
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1) Drop-In Center
.2) Wellness Center
TV viewing Area
Recreation Room (including Pool and Puzzles Work Area)
Great selection of materials for Arts & Craft activities
Internet Acces / Printers
Movie to view or check-out
Wii Games and Activities
Local Calls - Long Distance Calls
Other Activities (ask for details)
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Peer providers bring unique strengths and qualities to the integrated care team. These strengths include:
From July 8-11, 2019, peers from across the United States and around the world gathered at the Alternatives Conference in Washington DC to share their lived experience and celebrate their wellness. Beginning in 1985, the Alternatives Conference grew from the roots of the Psychiatric Survivors movement and is the oldest peer-run mental health conference in the US. Jules Plumadore and Zakiya Johnson, both PEERS staff and members of POCC, represented Alameda County at this year’s conference.
This year’s theme of Standing Together, Celebrating Our Gifts, Raising Our Voices was relevant and meaningful for the peers who attended, many of whom travelled hundreds or even thousands of miles to the Catholic University of America campus where the conference took place.
The week started off with an advocacy workshop, which was only slightly dampened by the flash floods that raged through DC that day. Over 3 inches of rain fell in 2 hours; but that didn’t stop the peers who attended from discussing national mental health policy priorities and practicing their advocacy skills. They were able to put those skills into action the next day during Hill Day by visiting their congressional representatives; Jules and Zakiya met with staffers for Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Barbara Lee to discuss legislative issues that affect people with mental health challenges, as well as the positive impact that PEERS and POCC are having on community mental health in Alameda County.
On July 10-11, the conference kicked into high gear with a variety of workshops covering everything from mental health social justice to peer workforce development to innovative wellness supports. Keynote highlights included Celia Brown of the Office of Consumer Affairs at the New York State Office of Mental Health; Caroline Mazel-Carlton of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community; and John Herold of Puget Sound Hearing Voices. Each speaker shared their own lived experience in a way that was motivating and empowering to other peers.
The 2019 Alternatives Conference may be over, but the coordinators are already thinking ahead to next year and looking for volunteers to join their team. If you’re interested in helping to organize the next Alternatives
Conference, please contact the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery for more information: https://www.ncmhr.org/index.htm
Susan Keller, MA, MLIS, Executive Director
PO Box 2331, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
CaringCommunity.org—an online resource for people thinking about, planning for or living with serious illness and end-of-life issues. This site was developed and is maintained by the Journey Project, a program of the Community Network for Appropriate Technologies, a nonprofit educational and charitable organization serving the Sonoma County, California region since 1978. Read more about the Community Network. “Making A Plan & Thinking Ahead” Workbook and Forms may also be accessed on this site along with other resources helpful for people living with mental health challenges and others.
Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) or advanced directives; you choose who makes decisions on your behalf and what happens to you when you are not able to do so
The Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) peer support training is an in-person, 2-day group training that equips peer providers to help the people they serve set and achieve whole health goals to improve chronic health and behavioral health conditions. The WHAM training is also available in Spanish.
What skills are peer providers are taught in the Whole Health Action Management (WHAM) training to become whole health coaches?
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Hatfield, A. B., & Lefley, H. P. (2000). Helping elderly caregivers plan for the future care of a relative with mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 24(2), 103-107.
Older caregivers, aged 65 yrs and older, were surveyed to determine the degree to which they had completed future plans for relatives with serious psychiatric disabilities and to identify barriers that interfered with the planning process.
Only 18% of the 210 respondents had completed plans for their relative. Intense anxiety about the future of their relative, lack of knowledge about how to plan, and limited finances were perceived to be obstacles to planning. Their relative's resistance to change and refusal to use available resources were also obstacles reported by caregivers.
Suggestions are made for ways professionals can help families cope with these challenges of their older years. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
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Groundwork for a Publicly Available Repository of Randomized Controlled Trial Data
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The purpose of this project was to identify and abstract data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) interventions to support the development of a publicly accessible data repository by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
Background. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) reduces quality of life and functioning. People with PTSD have symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, negative beliefs about themselves and/or others, and hypervigilance. The symptoms may be due to direct or indirect exposure to trauma, such as witnessing actual or threatened death, injury, or violence, including sexual violence and threats of harm. Although recent clinical practice guidelines and reviews exist, providing a single, updatable source of PTSD treatment trials would be useful for clinicians, researchers, and policymakers.
Purpose. To provide detailed information on PTSD treatment research, we systematically abstracted data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of PTSD interventions. The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) intends to use the data to develop a publicly available data repository. The NCPTSD is part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Data sources. We searched PTSDpubs (formerly PILOTS), Ovid® MEDLINE®, Cochrane CENTRAL, PsycINFO®, Embase®, CINAHL®, and Scopus® for eligible RCTs and reviewed reference lists of selected systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines.
Methods. In consultation with NCPTSD, we established inclusion criteria for RCTs and specific data elements to be abstracted. We dually reviewed citations from the literature search, and then the full text of potentially includable articles for eligibility, resolving any disagreements using consensus. One team member abstracted data from included RCTs into evidence tables, and a second reviewer checked abstracted data for accuracy and completeness. The primary publication for each RCT was abstracted; data and citations from any secondary publications (i.e., companion papers) appear in the same record.
Findings. We identified 318 RCTs of PTSD interventions for abstraction (106 pharmacologic studies and 212 nonpharmacologic studies) published from 1988 to 2018, with a peak number of publications (31) in 2015. Psychotherapeutic interventions were the most commonly studied (55%), whereas 30 percent evaluated pharmacologic interventions. Most studies were conducted in the United States (61%), and most had sample sizes in the range of 25 to 100 participants (60% of studies), with a relatively small number of studies enrolling fewer than 25 participants (18%). More studies enrolled participants from a community population (57%) than from a military, veteran, or other population, and the majority of studies were conducted in the outpatient setting (67%). Studies most often enrolled participants with a mix of trauma types (51%), followed by studies of participants with combat-related trauma (20%).
Although there was wide variation, the most commonly used PTSD assessment methods were the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) and the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM (SCID). Less than half of the studies reported loss of PTSD diagnosis or clinically meaningful response/remission of symptoms. Several other data elements were infrequently reported, including the number of participants with a history of traumatic brain injuries and the number of trauma types.
Conclusions. The data abstracted from 318 RCTs of treatments for PTSD can be used to create a publicly available data repository. By identifying important gaps in the research, such a data repository can inform future study design and conduct.
Suggested citation: O'Neil M, McDonagh M, Hsu F, Cheney T, Carlson K, Holmes R, Ramirez S, Hart E, Murphy K, Graham E, Chou R. Pharmacologic and Nonpharmacologic Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Groundwork for a Publicly Available Repository of Randomized Controlled Trial Data. Technical Brief No. 32. (Prepared by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2015-00009-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 19-EHC018-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2019. Posted final reports are located on the Effective Health Care Program search page. DOI: https://doi.org/10.23970/AHRQEPCTB32.