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SVH May2024 MentalHealth web 4.11.24

Mental Health Awareness Month

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As we welcome the warmth and renewal that comes with May, we find many reasons to celebrate. This month, we honor our exceptional nurses during Nurses Week and recognize the dedication of our entire team during Hospital Week. The compassion, professionalism, and tireless commitment of our team at Sonoma Valley Hospital is what makes our care so extraordinary. Let’s take this opportunity to celebrate their remarkable contributions, not just this month, but throughout the year.

May also marks an important observance—Mental Health Awareness Month. At Sonoma Valley Hospital, we are deeply committed to the mental well-being of both the wider community and our employees. In our community, our primary mental health role is in acute care in the Emergency Department. Those in mental health crisis in our ER will find calm, compassionate care as we stabilize patients for transfer to continuing support.

Mental health is integral to living a vibrant and healthy life. This month, I encourage each of you to pay attention to your mental health. Reach out for support if you or someone you know is in need and remember to always treat yourself with kindness.

Together with our community partners, we continue to support those facing mental health challenges by providing immediate care and connecting them with community services for ongoing support.

Let’s stand together this Mental Health Awareness Month to support each other and reinforce our community’s health and well-being.

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John Hennelly
CEO, Sonoma Valley Hospital

Encouraging Mental Health Awareness

At Sonoma Valley Hospital, we are committed to addressing the overall health needs of our community through proactive care and comprehensive resources.

We encourage everyone to take advantage of these resources and tips to not only enhance your own mental health but also support others around you. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

Practical Tips For Maintaining Mental Health And Wellness


Mental Health by the Numbers

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This month, and always, we are dedicated to reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues and providing accessible care to improve the lives of those in our community.

24-hour Crisis Resources

Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit
“Provides 24 hour-a-day, 7 days-a-week crisis intervention, assessment, medication, and up to 23 hours of supportive care for individuals in an acute mental health crisis.”

Location: 2225 Challenger Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Contact: (707) 576-8181
Website: -Health/Crisis-Services/

North Bay Suicide Prevention – 24 Hour Hotline
“24/7 free and confidential crisis support for callers having thoughts of suicide, as well as friends and family worried about loved ones.” Contact: 9-8-8
Website: prevention/

Sonoma County – 24 Hour Access Line
“Our Access Team is the first contact for requesting mental health services.”
Contact: (707) 565-6900
Website: -Health/Accessing-Mental-Health-Services/

Mental Health Awareness Month Events

Thursday, May 23, 2024, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Hanna Center, 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma

Healing Justice Clinic: Youth-Led Wellness Event For A Healthy, Happy Summer In Sonoma Valley 
As the Sonoma Valley gears up for summer, mental health awareness takes center stage with the youth-led Healing Justice Clinic and youth-led panel of Healing Justice Ambassadors. Let’s come together to shed light on mental health challenges while fostering connections and support within their community. Hosted by Hanna Center, in collaboration with On the Margins, this clinic will provide immersive experiences rooted in the principles of healing justice.  

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