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Sue Abito, DBH Volunteer Services Coordinator, shares her story of recovery, resiliency, and how mental illness impacted her family. In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month last month, she also speaks about the importance of celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.
It’s Mental Health Month and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman joins the podcast to talk about the importance of mental health and reducing the stigma. San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe shares how she practices self-care and the importance of finding a healthy way of practicing self-care.  
We're less than a week away from Mental Health Month in May and DBH has a lot of exciting events planned. Listen to the all-new episode featuring staff from the Public Relations and Outreach team as they chat about the fun activities and explore why mental health is important to focus on. To learn more about how you can celebrate Mental Health Month, visit CelebrateMHM.com. 
Child Abuse Prevention

Child Abuse Prevention

2022-04-1217:16

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and we have a special guest from the County family! Jeany Zepeda, Interim Director of San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services, joins the podcast to talk about the importance of child abuse prevention and about the stigma surrounding reporting child abuse. To report suspected child abuse and neglect (800)827-8724. Visit https://hs.sbcounty.gov/cfs/ for more info. 
Support in Recovery

Support in Recovery

2022-03-0927:50

It's National Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Month! Podcast Host and DBH's Public Relations Manager Aimara Freeman speaks with Enrique Gonzalez, DBH Alcohol and Drug Counselor, about substance use disorders, prescription drug abuse and treatment options. He provides advice for loved ones who may know someone struggling with substance use disorders and also shares his own inspiring story of recovery. Later in the episode we celebrate National Social Work Month as Fabeola Lazaro, Social Worker II, shares why she became a social worker.  For more info about the San Bernardino County Dept. of Behavioral Health, visit SBCounty.gov/dbh.
With the ongoing effects of the pandemic and growing up in general, times can be tough for the youth population. Dr. Timothy Hougen, Deputy Director of Outpatient Clinics And Youth Services, talks about behavioral health in children and youth, and how parents/guardians can assist kids who may be struggling. For more information about services, visit SBCounty.gov/DBH. 
As we celebrate African American History Month, Jonathan Buffong, DBH Mental Health Education Consultant for the Office of Equity and Inclusion, speaks about the stigma surrounding mental health within African American communities and faith-based communities. He provides practical steps we can take to reduce the stigma. Plus, Victoria Hall, DBH Mental Health Education Consultant, shares how she practices self-care! For more information about the African American Awareness Subcommittee and the special event they are hosting Feb. 28, contact Jonathan Buffong at Jonathan.Buffong@dbh.sbcounty.gov.
Ever wonder what it's like to be nurse within the behavioral health field?  Tricina Edwards, DBH Nurse Manager, joins the podcast to highlight how DBH nurses serve San Bernardino County and provides an inside look at how DBH nurses assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Plus, Jamesia Brown, Quality Management Analyst, shares her self-care story!  
Hear an all-new episode featuring Dr. Jonathan Avalos, DBH Addiction Medicine Physician, and Shaun Bennett, a DBH client who shares his incredible and inspiring journey in recovery.Subscribe to the podcast today to check out Resilient and Real! 
Is seasonal depression real? Assistant Medical Director Dr. Christopher Schreur joins the podcast to answer that question, as well as provide helpful information about managing stress during the holidays. Plus, a DBH employee shares her self-care story! 
It's Native American Heritage Month! Maribel Gutierrez, DBH Equity/Cultural Competency Officer, and Marcelina Shackleford, Native American Awareness Subcommittee Chair, join the podcast to talk about recognizing and acknowledging the important contributions of Native people.  Plus, hear a poem about recovery and a story of self-care from DBH employees. For more info about DBH, visit SBCounty.gov/DBH. 
Jennifer Alsina, DBH Deputy Director for Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services, talks about how the community can get involved in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, as well as information about alcohol and/or drug abuse treatment options. Sondra Savage, a DBH Peer and Family Advocate II, shares a poem about recovery and Fabiola Yañez, DBH Secretary, shares her self-care story. 
Dora Mejia, Supervising Medical Emergency Planning Specialist at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), shares insight about how DBH assists the community during emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, Alex Cordova, a DBH Alcohol and Drug Counselor, shares a poem about recovery. Visit SBCounty.gov/dbh for more info about the services the department provides.  To view info about The Overbook Club, visit DBHNow.org/the-overbooked
It's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! Sonia Rubio, Program Manager I of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health's Office of Prevention and Early Intervention, provides insight into  the importance of suicide prevention and provides some helpful tips and words of encouragement. 💙💜 Additional Resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255Know the Signs WebsiteSan Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health Website
Cesar Garcia, actor, producer and writer and Recovery Happens keynote speaker, shares how he changed his life for the better while in recovery. Plus, a DBH employee shares how he practices self-care in this week's Self-Care Corner. Don't forget to RSVP for the virtual Recovery Happens event on Sept. 18 to hear Cesar's full story. RSVP at bit.ly/RecoveryHappens21  
Tony Hoffman, former BMX Elite Pro, motivational speaker and  Recovery Happens keynote speaker, speaks with DBH Director Dr. Veronica Kelley!  Tony gives a sneak peek into his journey of recovery and provides some helpful tips for listeners. Hear Tony's full story and RSVP for the virtual Recovery Happens event on Sept. 18:  bit.ly/RecoveryHappens21For more information about behavioral health services in San Bernardino County, visit SBCounty.gov/dbh. 
Dr. René Keres, Program Manager II for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health Homeless and Supportive Services, shares how the she mentally overcomes the stigma related to her physical disabilities. Plus, she shares her journey from being in the Paralympics to working in behavioral health. And a DBH employee shares how they practice self-care. For more info about the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, visit SBCounty.gov/DBH.
For some therapists or behavioral health professionals, it may be difficult to seek therapy themselves when they need it because of the idea that they "should know what to do" when life gets tough. Julie Hale is a Senior Program Manager of the 24-Hour and Emergency Services Division for the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who shares her resilient story story in hopes of destigmatizing mental illness in the field of behavioral health.
Farewell, Andy!

Farewell, Andy!

2021-07-1423:33

Andrew Gruchy, LCSW,  takes a look back on his 33-year-journey at DBH as he prepares to retire at the end of July. We'll miss you, Andy! Plus, Michael Knight, DBH Assistant Director, shares how he practices self-care.  
Erin Zamora, LMFT, LPCC, Program Manager II of DBH Community Crisis Services, shares her personal story of coming out as gay and surviving suicide attempts as a young girl. Dr. Kelley, Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, provides resources in preparation of National Suicide Prevention Month in September. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. Remember, you're never alone. Help is available.
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