South Tahoe shining light on mental health
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and as such South Lake Tahoe has proclaimed May 10-16 Mental Health Awareness Week.
Throughout the week, local health service providers and agencies from the Mental Health Cooperative will raise mental health awareness through films, stories and events. South Shore residents, families, and visitors are encouraged to show support and participate in the following ways:
- Open house and movie at El Dorado County Mental Health’s South Lake Tahoe wellness center (1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.) on Ma 13 from 6-8pm. The open house at the Wellness Center will include refreshments and door prizes, and a chance to meet with mental health employees. Special activities include a showing of the film “Each Mind Matters”, featuring Californians living with mental health issues, and a reading from the book “Regular and Decaf”, focusing on schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. The event is free and open to the public.
- Police Station’s Open House and Peace Office Memorial Week Awards Ceremony on May 14 at 2pm. Children are welcome. There will be displays and officers will talk about the K9 and SWAT units. There will also be a mental health awareness booth with posters, resources, buttons, and the week’s events.
Additional event information and community resources are available online.
iI have a friend diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers Disease – she is 55 years old. There are no programs or facilities for folks with Alzheimers & Dementia, where they can spend the day safely. It would be great if County Mental Health could engage Catholic Cahrities (or ??) to provide a program and place for these folks – as there are lots of seniors who may be entering stages of dementia in SLT, who need a place to spend the day while family members work.
With so many taxes…some of our money needs to be diverted to be infused into the care of the mentally ill and people addicted to drugs and alcohol by our government, unfortunately, mental health DOESN’T MAKE MONEY, therefore it is not pursued by our government nor the private healthcare industry. Good thing the pharmaceutical companies are pumping more and more SSRI and anti-anxiety types of drugs into our society…EVERYTHING SHOULD BE FINE…not…