Mental Health Awareness
Can you remember the last time you went to the park? It may have been a while, depending on who you, and where you live. We all need a break from the noise that can build in our minds and familiar environments. Taking a much-needed Mental Health breather with You Saved Me Foundations' 1st Annual Mental Health Awareness Day BBQ is not your typical day at the park. There was something to learn, foods to eat, music to listen to, and people to meet.
We create safe places for our Events, to welcome all in the community. This includes many overlooked groups experiencing addiction, anxiety, depression, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and countless other issues. We give back to the community in a very powerful and meaningful way.
We help integrate the community with our network of local employers, volunteers, staff, and elected officials. Together we promote opportunities and resources that are currently available to the community.
Second, we provide vital resources and training to provide a new support system comprised of local artists, speakers, neighbors, staff, and professionals over food, fun, learning, and live music.
Mind, Body & Soul
We are removing the social stigma out of Mental Health — with good people and vibes! Our guest speakers to help us with our Mental Health Goals include:
Advocate, Mental Wellness Empowerment Leader,
And Best Selling Author of “Through Marley’s Eyes” A Journey to Heal The Soul, Carla Shepard.
Carla lives her life with a set of principles and values she wishes to instill in others by rekindling forgiveness, unconditional love, mindfulness, and compassion for herself and others.
Carla understands the struggles of mental illness, depression, anxiety, and the fear of feeling unworthy. Let her share with you her story of how she healed and is still healing from mental illness. She is a loving healed soul who only radiates true love and compassion for humanity. She wanted to create a road map for others to find healing within themselves. Carla Shepard is a mental wellness empowerment leader who took herself on a journey to heal her mind and soul. Today Carla is an established author, speaker, and entrepreneur.
Now Let's Get Moving: With Yoga Instructor Kelly Wislar
Kelly Wislar is the Author of "Have-A-Seat Yoga: Inspiration to Get Started, Stay Connected, and Keep Going", and the Founder, CEO of Have-A-Seat Yoga, a seated yoga program that incorporates diaphragmatic breathing with movement that has many proven health benefits.
• Reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression
• Aid in osteoarthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis
• Lowers blood pressure and cortisol our “stress hormone”
• Increased levels of “happy neurotransmitters” such as GABA, serotonin, melatonin, and oxytocin stimulate brain activity and neuroplasticity
• Increased flexibility, balance, and muscle strength.
We covered Mind, Body, and now let's get to the Soul with Draya Love
Draya Love Author of "Healing. Love Letter to My Life"
Draya is an Intuitive, Coach. Guiding People into the Next Phase of Their Lives, while Decoding energy and situations. Draya explains she is "Grateful to be helping people wake up in the middle of their lives. Opening many to a new healing capacity." We can all agree that when she says: "It’s a different time and place and it's all aligning now. Welcome to the Great Awakening!"
Support Systems Within The Community
Many family, friends, neighbors, and ourselves may suffer from anxiety, depression, mental illness, and trauma-related mental ailments. What so many need is support. Support from family, friends, and the community. Together we can help restore balance and stability to the lives of all who suffer. Teaching the community to be a friend when someone reaches out for a helping hand or gives a listening ear. The You Saved Me Foundation brings together some of the best minds and people in San Diego with our events and programs. At the First Annual Mental Health Awareness Day BBQ featured Best Selling Authors, BBQ Food, Live Local Guest Musical Performances, Mental Health Life Coaching Activities for Everyone to help cope and decompress in such a stressful time with the pandemic, the economy and so much more!
Mental Health Resources
California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines:
24-hour Suicide Prevention
Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
CalHOPE Peer-Run Warm Line:
Call 833-317-HOPE(4673) Monday - Friday from 7 am- 11 pm for COVID-19 specific non-emergency support.
Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at
888-452-8609 Monday through Friday from 8 am- 5 pm. pST
California Warm Peer Line: Call 855-845-7415 for 24/7 for non-emergency support to talk to a peer counselor with lived experience.
Resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions. You can call their HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI to get information, resource referrals, and support from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Youth Crisis Line: Youth
ages 12-24 can call or text 1-800-843-5200 or chat online for 24/7 crisis support.
If you are 60 years or older, or and adult living with disabilities. Call the Friendship Line: Call 888-670-1360 for 24/7 support.
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