Mental Health Awareness Month

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The month of May marks Mental Health Awareness Month. As you may know, mental health challenges are quite common.

In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH),

  • Approximately 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness.

  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 have or previously had a mental disorder.

  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.

  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.

  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.

  • Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

Unfortunately, research shows that many people do not reach out for support.

This May, let’s bring awareness to this important health issue and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to better understand the significance of mental health. Here are a couple of resources to start the conversation:

Together, we can support those who most need it and ensure no one feels alone in their mental health journey.

Tonight in Vallejo: A Conversation about Mental Health

Tonight, May 16, representatives from Caminar Solano will be taking part in a community conversation about mental health. We're delighted to be partnering with Vallejo Police Citizen's Workshop to raise awareness about mental health and our services during Mental Health Awareness Month. Join us!

Join us!

  • Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
  • Cost: Free! No advance registration required.
  • Location: Empress Theatre, 330 Virginia Street, Vallejo, CA 94590

Click here to view the event webpage.

Read about the event in the Times Herald!

Solano Region Libraries Showcase Mental Health Month Posters

Library patrons are being educated about Mental Health Month and the services that Caminar provides thanks to a donation by Tim and Susan McDonald of the Vallejo Arts Counsel. Ken Langill, Program Coordinator at the Wellness Recovery Center, secured 7 Mental Health Month posters and informational brochures that showcase the Wellness Recovery Center, FSP Program, CCM Program, Supported Housing, and our homeless outreach program called H.O.M.E. You can see the displays at the following locations:

Benicia Library, Benicia, CA

Springtown Library, Vallejo, CA

John F. Kennedy Library, Vallejo, CA

Cordelia Library, Fairfield, CA

Fairfield Library, Civic Center, Fairfield, CA

Suisun Library, Suisun, CA

Vacaville Library (Town Square) Vacaville, CA

Caminar for Mental Health and Basecamp Fitness: Miles for Mental Health

On May 21, the Basecamp Fitness family came together across its four locations to help Caminar for Mental Health raise money for Mental Health Awareness month. 

Basecamp Fitness, with locations in Burlingame, San Francisco, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, opened its doors to Caminar and its members biked over 1,400 miles in the name of mental health awareness. 

"We cannot be more grateful to Basecamp Fitness and their members for their hard work and sweat," said Caminar's Director of Development, Carolyn DeVoto Salcido. "As a community-based nonprofit, it's truly heart-warming to see other community entities like Basecamp really open their hearts to our mission." 

[RELATED: Caminar participates in "Road to Recovery 5K"]

In all, the four Basecamp studios combined to raise more than $2,200 for mental health awareness.

Basecamp Fitness is a 35 minute, heart-pumping, muscle-building, fitness experience that builds a healthier person! They are a tight knit, supportive community built around building strong hearts inside and outside their studio.

For more on Basecamp Fitness, click here. 

Solano hosts 5th Annual Cammie Awards

Caminar for Mental Health’s stars shined bright on Friday, May 20 during the 5th Annual Cammie Awards.

“Walk a mile in their shoes” was the theme for the 2016 version of the Solano region’s biggest date on the calendar and over 100 people attended the award ceremony that filled Vallejo’s Foley Cultural Center.

“Cammies are really meant to honor our clients for their achievements in recovery,” said Chris Kughn, Executive Director of Caminar’s Solano Region. “We really build on the courage of the clients that we serve. They get acknowledged for achievements in recovery, achievements in maintaining housing, finding employment, reintegrating into community. This is one day when we formally acknowledge our clients, but everyday our clients show they’re moving into recovery.”


In all, eight clients and three volunteers were honored during the award ceremony that focused on walking a mile in the shoes of those Caminar serves. “It’s really challenging to walk a mile in someone’s shoes,” Kughn said. “The idea is to take today and really think about how challenging it is for many of our clients to get up every single day, go to work, pay their rent — really taking a moment today to acknowledge just how powerful of a drive they have to move forward in recovery.”

[RELATED: Solano brings Art Therapy Inspiration to Vallejo's John F. Kennedy Library]

“I think individuals who struggle with substance and mental health challenges are often isolated,” Kughn said. “They don’t get acknowledged for what they’re doing in their lives even if it feels like it’s not a huge thing. The power of the Cammie Awards is having the opportunity to be witnessed by your community.” 

Caminar kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month with participation in Center for Open Recovery's "Road to Recovery" 5K

Caminar for Mental Health kicked off Mental Health Awareness Month by putting its best foot forward.

In sponsorship of the Center for Open Recovery, Caminar joined 500 participants in the inaugural "Road to Recovery 5K" walk and run with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco serving as a backdrop for the event. Caminar's team of over 20 Caminarians ran, jogged and walked their way through five kilometers from Crissy Field Beach and around San Francisco’s Presidio district.

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