Experience Hope Newsletter Newsletter for June 2017

Summer’s here, and we can be grateful for the season’s positive effects on mental health. Warmer weather means more opportunities for physical activity and for spending quality time with family and friends. Both are important to help cope with the challenges and stresses of daily life.
But without the structured environment of school, some children and teenagers might be more vulnerable. Lack of structure can exacerbate depression, anxiety and other conditions. And students who take advantage of social services offered in school lose that safety net when the academic year ends. Providing service, support and care to young people is always important, but especially during the summer months.
Now is also a good time to remember the value of self-care. The work we do is infinitely rewarding, but it can also be exhausting. Deciding to take better care of ourselves is not an act of selfishness. Our clients, our families, and all of our responsibilities are best served when we can give our best selves. It’s a sentiment that should guide us no matter the season.

Experience Hope Upcoming Trainings


Adult Mental Health First Aid teaches signs and symptoms of mental health issues and offers a simple (but not always easy) action plan for supporting people in our lives who might be


experiencing a mental health issue. Register online today!
  • July 13th & 14th from 9am-1: 30pm(must attend both dates)
  • August 11th from 9am-5pm

These trainings will be held at:
433 Jefferson Street in Oakland


Cost: FREE (thanks to generous funding from the Providence-St. Joseph Health Foundation) Please email cwillett@cceb.org for more information.

Participants in our training explore trauma-responsive strategies for youth

Building Restorative Trauma-Responsive Systems is an experiential training focused on deepening understanding of restorative philosophy and practices, as well as other trauma-responsive practices. Click here to register!
Next training: July 27th and 28th from 9:30am-4:30pm (must attend both dates)
Check the registration page for new summer dates soon!
Cost: $250 for 14 hours of training Please email cwillett@cceb.org for more information.
Love Your Neighbors Training: Bystander Intervention for Hate and Bias Incidents addresses what we can do as individuals to protect and support the members of our community who are vulnerable to attacks because of their race, religion, culture, gender, or faith. The training explores our role as individuals in supporting safe communities for everyone. In this interactive and experiential training, participants will learn about the bystander effect, the pre-planning needed to intervene, and practice specific intervention techniques. Check our registration page for future training dates
Restorative and Trauma-Responsive Skills Training builds on our existing “Building Restorative and Trauma-Responsive Systems” training and offers concrete skills and practices to create and maintain restorative, trauma-responsive systems. Attending “Building Restorative and Trauma-Responsive Systems” is a prerequisite for attendance. Check the registration page for new summer dates soon!
Youth Mental Health First Aid training is a nationally-certified training focused on learning the signs, symptoms and supports for youth with mental health struggles. In addition to building knowledge, we hope to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health issues in our communities. Click here to register!

  Next trainings:

  • July 20th from 9am-5pm
  • August 16th & 17th from 9am-1: 30pm(must attend both sessions)

Cost: FREE (a $175 value) Please email Cat Willett, Project Director, for more information.

Experience Hope Update:

In the News:
The article, “Catholic Advocates Determined that Legislature will Hear Them” in the Catholic Voice mentioned Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s plans to open a home for victims of sex trafficking.


Claire House, Catholic Charities of the East Bay’s future home for child victims of sex



June 2 was National Gun Violence Awareness Day and, alongside national advocates led by Everytown for Gun Safety (www.everytown.org) Catholic Charities’ Crisis Response and Support Network celebrated “Wear Orange Day,” the color that hunters wear to protect themselves in the woods.


Did you know?
SAMHSA has launched a campaign to curb underage drinking, which spikes during the summer. Parents can play an important role in prevention, and SAMHSA is providing information to help. Help remind parents of their influence by passing along resources from the program, “Talk. They Hear You.”


As mentioned earlier, summer can create its own mental health challenges for children and teenagers. “Dealing with Mental Health Issues during the Summer” has advice you can offer parents for keeping their children healthy in the warmer months.


June is National Men’s Health Month, which was developed to increase awareness, detection and treatment of preventable health problems. The Men’s Health Resource Center offers comprehensive information about a range of diseases and conditions, including mental health illnesses.


In May, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reported that 23 million people will be left uninsured by the American Health Care Act that Republicans pushed through the House of Representatives. Especially hard hit will be people with mental health challenges and those in treatment for substance abuse. The Atlantic’s article, “How the American Health Care Act will Affect Mental Health Coverage,” delves deeply into the issue.


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed a five-page fact sheet to help mental health providers who support families affected by trauma. The information focuses on building and strengthening family resilience.


The Central Texas nonprofit organization, Communities in Schools, offers the free video, “Trauma Training for Educators,” to demonstrate the effect of trauma on children’s learning and behavior.


The website www.FAMpod.com provides a training program called “Family Talk” for clinicians who work with families facing the challenges of depression. The website also offers “Parent Talk,” an interactive, web-based program to help parents understand depression and learn about treatment resources for their children.


 Supporting good mental health in infants and toddlers has an obvious pay off. To address their specific needs, SAMHSA has developed the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox. Designed for communities, states and tribes, the tools focus on helping pre-school programs establish an IECMHC model, set its policies, evaluate its results and advocate on its behalf.


The emotional toll of working in the mental health field can be high. “Helping until it Hurts” is a summary of research studies on “compassion fatigue.” Though dense, the paper provides moving commentary by clinicians treating survivors of child sexual abuse and their recommendations for self-care.
Tool of the Month
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
 NCTSN’s Child Trauma Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for educators who want to understand how trauma affects student learning and behavior.  The kit describes the many ways that trauma-affected children suffer – including diminished cognitive abilities, inconsistent academic performance and bouts of uncontrollable anger and extreme anxiety.  NCTSN provides detailed recommendations for how educators can help to alleviate students’ distress in the classroom.  And the kit includes a section on supporting students in their grief following the loss of a loved one or family member.