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 email@example.com.
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.
How Donating & Volunteering Will Improve The Community
CEO/President of YSMF
We've come up with four simple ways that donating and volunteering can improve the community. There are different aspects of how we can improve the community through service. Safer communities are built by bringing people as volunteers together. It’s also healthy socially, by promoting communication between groups that might not usually come together, but will for the greater good.
Volunteering and donating also builds bridges between small businesses, large corporations, local, state, federal governments, citizens, and residents. Think about the many changes that can occur, and the power that can be harnessed, and the equity that will be established to further rebuild and improve on America's decimated communities. When these sectors combine ideas, capital, resources, and strategy to accomplish goals the results are very beneficial.
How Much Money Are we Talking?
There are several nonprofits that partner with various sectors to advance the community. For instance, Habitat for Humanity. Which is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries.
The States We Serve
Economic Impact of the California Nonprofit Sector
Economic Impact of the Florida Nonprofit Sector
Economic Impact of the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Sector
Volunteering helps to increase voter turnout and spurs political participation. When citizens are engaged change happens rapidly! When you start connecting and socializing with the local people you become more involved in the policies that created the problems or solutions. Volunteering also brings empathy for your fellow neighbors and that translates to better care, healthcare choices, and more funding for those in need in the community.
How Donating & Volunteering Will Improve The Lives of Others
CEO/President of YSMF
Donating and volunteering have helped improve the lives of millions of people here in America and throughout the world. Donating and volunteering not only benefits others but also you through your service.
You, friends, and your family can donate your time, money, clothing, and goods. Businesses can donate cash, supplies, or grant sponsorship to a program. Sponsors can help amplify the impact and reach of the Nonprofit's programs they help fund.
Did you know scientific research has proven that Performing good deeds can be contagious?
Yes, it’s true! Humans are motivated by good deeds! We often enable others to do good. When the opportunity presents itself to help others, we usually take it. Research further suggests that when people observe others helping people, they will also join in and help out.
The Ripple Effect
It doesn't stop there. Good deeds have a ripple effect on your life and those around you. Children who observe and young teens who volunteer are more likely to become more generous, helpful, and kinder adults. Compared to children who do not volunteer.
Another form of Donating can be through social media. You can contribute to a nonprofit by a share or like on any of it’s social media post. Remember the more you share, and like the more it helps the nonprofit to better help others. Think about it! Supporting social media posts helps the nonprofit promote its mission and increase its donations and impact. The more people we can reach, the easier it will be to help more people.
Science has proven that the more people we help, the more thankful we become.
CEO & President of YSMF
Did you know that there are many powerful benefits to Donating & Volunteering? For example volunteering can lead to a longer and happier life. Many of these added benefits can improve your personal life. Just think about how giving your money, donations, and or time can create a lasting impact on your family, yourself and the community. This impact you create by acts of continuous compassion and kindness will improve your personal life in many ways.
We recognize the many benefits in our work at the You Saved Me Foundation every day that we serve. Many times during the week when we provide food to the hungry with our hunger relief Care Plate Program. Or during random distributions, we give warm blankets to cold unsheltered neighbors in need, along with our Emergency Care Kit Program. We came to realize that even animals know the power to care and love. Many serve as compassionate, loving companions to our neighbors we help. Knowing how important mental health is we feed them from our More Than A Pet Program. You instantly feel the gratitude and the love. This is why the programs at You Saved Me Foundation are free of charge for anyone and pets in the community.
The personal benefits of donating and giving do not stop there with you. They branch out in all aspects of your life. For instance, Improving Your Personal Life by creating many more positive social experiences than usual. Remember there is real Power in each act of Donating and Volunteering. Each time you donate or volunteer it makes an impact on you, the people around you, and the community as a whole. If you would like to Volunteer With Us please visit our website www.YouSaved.me for more information. If you can’t volunteer, consider a cash donation. Many Nonprofits rely on cash donations to stay afloat. If you can't afford to donate time, or money, please like, share, or comment on our social media posts. That will help our impact tremendously.
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