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Interim Inc. Hopes to Spur Change, Raise Awareness During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July

Every year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

Monterey, CA, July 04, 2018 — Every year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. But background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult because mental health doesn’t discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity.

With that in mind Monterey private nonprofit organization Interim Inc. is encouraging improvements in the country’s mental health system, especially when it comes to marginalized communities, and raising awareness of the issue by supporting July as National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, which was established in 2008 to start changing this.

Interim is the only agency in Monterey County dedicated to supporting adults with mental illness by providing affordable housing, residential treatment, social rehabilitation services, homeless outreach and support, family outreach, and supported education and employment services.

In May of 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives announced July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Maryland) and cosponsored by a large bipartisan group to achieve two goals:

>Improve access to mental health treatment and services and

>Promote public awareness of mental illness

When trying to access treatment, marginalized communities have to contend with such issues as:

>Barriers to access to treatment

Language barriers

>Lack of cultural competence

>Racism, bias and discrimination in treatment settings

>Lower-quality care

>Lower likelihood of health insurance or adequate coverage

> The high level of mental health stigma in minority populations

> Belief that treatment will not help

These are all in addition to the usual roadblocks.

“Many cultures also view mental health treatment as a luxury, considering symptoms a ‘phase’ that will eventually pass,” writes Laura Greenstein, communications coordinator at National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). “These harmful perceptions of mental illness can further isolate individuals who desperately need help.

“We can all help ignite change against these disparities and fight stigma this Minority Mental Health Awareness Month,” she adds. “It simply starts with learning more about mental health and informing your community.”

Some of the ways an individual can get involved and help change the system according to Greenstein include:

>Consider Giving A Presentation

The more we talk about mental illness, the more normalized it will become.

>Emphasize Treatment

Make sure to stress the importance of a culturally competent provider. These mental health professionals, such as the services offered by Interim, integrate your beliefs and values into treatment.

>Share Your Story

When a person experiences symptoms of mental illness, one of the most helpful and comforting feelings is knowing that they’re not alone. It can be incredibly reassuring to know in this moment right now, someone else is going through similar struggles as you are—regardless of where they are, who they are, or how they identify.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness and stop stigma in diverse communities. It’s time to improve the harsh realities minority communities face when it comes to mental illness treatment. In fact, it’s long overdue.

About Bebe Moore Campbell

Campbell was an author, advocate, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and national spokesperson, who passed away in November 2006.

She received NAMI’s 2003 Outstanding Media Award for Literature. Campbell advocated for mental health education and support among individuals of diverse communities.

In 2005, inspired by Campbell’s charge to end stigma and provide mental health information, longtime friend Linda Wharton-Boyd suggested dedicating a month to the effort.

The duo got to work, outlining the concept of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and what it would entail. With the support of the D.C. Department of Mental Health and then-mayor Anthony Williams, they held a news conference in Southeast D.C., where they encouraged residents to get mental health checkups.

Support continued to build as Campbell and Wharton-Boyd held book signings, spoke in churches and created a National Minority Mental Health Taskforce of friends and allies. However, the effort came to a halt when Campbell became too ill to continue.

When Campbell lost her battle to cancer, Wharton-Boyd, friends, family and allied advocates reignited their cause, inspired by the passion of the life of an extraordinary woman.

The group researched and obtained the support of Representatives Albert Wynn (D-Maryland) and Diane Watson (D-California), who co-signed legislation to create an official minority mental health awareness month.

About Interim Inc.

Interim, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization that provides a unique combination of support services, housing and social rehabilitation treatment for adults with mental illness in Monterey County. Services provided include affordable supportive housing, residential treatment, mental health and dual-recovery services, case coordination, therapeutic services, outreach and intensive support for homeless adults, supported education and employment, day treatment and peer support.

Interim Inc.

P.O. Box 3222

Monterey, CA 93942

(831) 649-4522



Marci Bracco Cain

Chatterbox PR

Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 747-7455


Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life

The New Book Published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster by Monterey County Author Patrice Vecchione Will Launch March 2015 Vecchione’s Book Tour for 2015 Announced

Carmel, CA, December 12, 2014 – Step Into Nature is a guide to make nature personal again, to stimulate awareness and increase our understanding of the environment while inspiring readers to develop and strengthen their imaginations. Being in nature doesn’t mean flying off to remote, faraway places. Nature is as close as opening your front door—the sky above, the miniature gardens that insist their way up between the sidewalk cracks, the river just down the road.

Patrice Vecchione shows readers how nature can support and enhance their own creative output, invigorate their curiosity, and restore their sense of connection to the earth. Plus, throughout the text Vecchione includes “Cabinets of Curiosities,” exercises and suggestions for practical and unexpected ways that readers can stimulate their imaginations, deepen their relationships with nature, and experience the harmony between creativity, spirit, and the natural world.

Tuesday, April 7, Santa Cruz Book Launch: Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA, 831-423-0900. 7:30pm

Thursday, April 9, Monterey Book Launch: Carmel Art Association, Dolores, between 5th & 6th in Carmel by the Sea, CA, sponsored by Pilgrim’s Way Books, 831-624-4955, 6:00pm

Saturday, April 11, Poetry Workshop: Tor House, Carmel, CA, Patrice@patricevecchione.com or elliotrr3@redshift.com. 10:00 – 4:00pm

Tuesday, April 14, Book signing/talk: Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Ave, Seattle, WA, 206-624-6600. 7:00pm

Thursday, April 16, Talk/book signing: Annie Bloom Books, 7834 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, 7:00pm

Thursday, April 23, Talk/book signing: Bookworks, 4022 Rancho Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM. 505-344-8139. 7:00pm

Friday, April 24 – Tuesday, April 28, Imagination & Inspiration in the South West: Writing Retreat at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM and a visit to Georgia O’Keeffe’s home in Abiquiu. Patrice@patricevecchione.com.

Tuesday, April 28, Talk/book signing: The Ark Bookstore, 133 Romero St, Santa Fe, NM, 505-988-3709. 4:30 – 6:00pm

Thursday, May 7, Workshop/book signing/reception: OLLI@CSUMB, 100 Campus Center, CSUMB, Seaside, CA. 831-582-5500. mcrompton@csumb.edu. 4:00 – 6:00pm

Friday, May 8: All Roads Lead to the Mother: Art Reception & Book Signing. Patrice will exhibit her collage and sign copies of her book.

Studio One in Big Sur. (Located above Local Color at the Village Shops in Big Sur, 35 minute drive south of Carmel.) Reception and book signing. 831-206-2475. 6:00pm
Saturday, May 9: Step into Nature: Making Art with Erin Gafill. Collage, painting and writing workshop with Erin and Patrice.10:00 – 4:00. Workshop includes lunch, $125. Studio One in Big Sur. 831-206-2475. 10:00 – 4:00pm.

Tuesday, May 19, Talk/book signing: Barnes & Noble, 894 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA, 805-781-8334, 2:00pm

Tuesday, May 19: Talk/book signing: Chaucer’s Books, 3221 State St, 805-682-6787Santa Barbara, CA, 7:00pm

Friday, May 15: Talk/book signing: East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Saturday, May 16: May Step into Nature: Writing & Imagination Workshop, East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St, Mountain View, CA, 650-988-9800, 11:30 – 3:30.

Advance Praise for Step Into Nature
“If you take Patrice hand she will take you on a walk…Then she’ll deposit you back in your comfortable chair with a kiss on your head. And only later will you find that your pockets are quite full of turquoise and in your hair, feathers.” – Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D. author of Blue Mind

“Patrice Vecchione has given us a true workbook for the senses, full of beautiful methods and exercises for getting ever-closer to our surrounding world. Read it and your travels into nature will be enhanced and changed. I shall never head for the woods without a ladder and a hammock again.” – David Rothenberg, author of Bug Music and Why Birds Sing

“In words carried as lightly in hand as a new-found robin’s egg, Patrice Vecchione invites readers into a warm and ranging conversation… Step Into Nature illumines the intimate connection between inner and outer, contemplative and wild, and shows the reasons these connections matter.” – Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty (poems) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World

About the Author:
Patrice Vecchione, is the author of Writing and the Spiritual Life, about which The Writer magazine said, “Trust the voice of Patrice Vecchione.” She is the author of two books of poetry and the editor of many highly acclaimed anthologies. Vecchione offers creative writing and collage workshops—inside and out—at universities, libraries, parks, and community and spiritual centers, including the Esalen Institute. She lives in Monterey, California with her best beloveds—her husband, two cats, and a garden often in bloom. patricevecchione.com.

Marci Bracco Cain
Chatterbox PR
Carmel, CA 93923

Netkiller Raises Awareness for Google Apps in Northern California

Netkiller is working to leverage our relationship with the local Google SB Sales Team in deploying and supporting Google products.

San Jose, CA, August 23, 2012 – Netkiller America, Inc. has begun focusing our Google Apps resale efforts more closely on Northern California with the goal of increasing the quality and scope of our engagement with Google Apps customers and clients in the Northern California region.

Netkiller is working to leverage our relationship with the local Google SB Sales Team in deploying and supporting Google products. Netkiller American, Inc. has been an Authorized Reseller of Google Apps for Business in Northern California since the company’s US founding in 2007. With increased communication with the local Google SB Sales Team we will continue to strive for excellence in deployment and support for Google products.

Netkiller provides customers with an experience uniquely tailored to their needs. The customer’s individual goals and business practices are carefully worked into an efficient plan to move the customer on to the cloud with the best possible practices. As we collaborate more closely with Google sales representatives, Netkiller America, Inc. will continue to serve customers based on their unique needs and provide the quality custom deployment and support that they have come to expect.

When a company works with Netkiller to move onto the cloud using Google Apps, each account always receives the same great service and support from Google, including all the perks of technical training, guides, online forums, and instructional videos, just as if they were buying Google Apps for Business directly from Google. Working with Netkiller provides additional quality services, even though the cost of Google Apps for Business remains the same. With Netkiller, companies can take advantage of multiple deployment packages, video conferencing and local on-site deployment, specialized support packages, and additional services such as custom application development.

About Netkiller:
Netkiller enables users to perform business activities on the cloud with heightened collaborative capabilities.

All data is stored in Google’s Global Datacenters, which encrypt and distribute data in small pieces; this structure ensures both security, and global accessibility.

Netkiller products and custom Enterprise projects are open source; they make use of an A-GPL, which allows for a transparent development process and continuous upgrades by global developers. Netkiller is an authorized partner of Google for Google Apps, Postini, and Google Apps Vault.

Harry Jung
Netkiller America Inc.
2033 Gateway Place, Ste 500
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 641-0114

International ‘Moodoff Day’ to Raise Awareness of Smartphone Addiction

In an effort to stop the growing dependence on smart technology, a Sydney-based nonprofit is encouraging people around the world to avoid using smartphones for a few hours on February 26.

Sydney, Australia, February 16, 2012 — In an effort to stop the growing dependence on smart technology, a Sydney-based nonprofit is encouraging people around the world to avoid using smartphones for a few hours on February 26. The organization is urging adults and teenagers to spend from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. that day without using their smartphone.

The unique campaign is already receiving support from people in more than a dozen countries including the UK, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and the United States.

Well-known Australian parenting author Amanda Cox was one of the first to pledge her support for the cause, saying, “I realized I had a problem when I responded to a joke my husband told me with ‘LOL’ instead of laughing”.

“Moodoff Day” is calling on smartphone users to get involved and pledge their support for the cause via their Facebook page and not use their smartphones for five hours on the last Sunday of February.

This is an opportune time to increase awareness of the issue, as people can participate as one of their resolutions for the first part of the year, according to campaign organizer Tapas Senapati. “If you want, you can extend the time until noon, but just don’t browse as soon as you get up from bed without having tea/breakfast or spending time with your family,” he said.

That means no early-morning texting, emailing, Web surfing or getting Facebook and Twitter updates. Instead, Senapati is asking people to donate their time to themselves and their family. They can enjoy a leisurely breakfast, share a conversation or go for a nice walk together-without the distractions of smartphone technology.

While individuals can engage in the “breakfast before browsing” campaign at home with their family, groups can also participate. Schools and universities can encourage students to join the campaign, and organizations can generate awareness among their employees. Officially, the initiative is appropriately named Moodoff Day because of the effect it will likely have on participants. Tapas explained, “When we ask somebody to stop browsing or checking their smartphone for a few minutes, it will probably turn their mood off.”

Smart phones are a ubiquitous part of modern society, with iPhones, Blackberry devices and Android phones becoming increasingly-popular devices at home and work. Moodoff Day is designed to stimulate much-needed awareness about the potential for and dangers of excessive smartphone use, including addiction. Cell phone addicts have the urge to pull out their phone while having a conversation with others, constantly glance at their phone’s screen, or feel anxious if they’re not online for an extended time. A disproportionate amount of smartphone use can also cause a variety of health-related problems, such as trigger finger (tendinitis), cell phone elbow (cubital tunnel syndrome), and wrist and neck pain. In addition, 1.6 million accidents are caused each year by people talking and texting on their phone while driving.

The risk from constant smartphone use is significant among mobile workers, many of whom are required to respond to work-related emails when they’re away from the office. Teenagers are also heavily attached to their smartphones. According to a recent survey by independent communication regulator Ofcom, one out of every three teenagers is likely to use their smartphones during mealtimes, and one in every five is likely to do so during a film or play-and even while using the bathroom.

Senapati was also motivated to launch Moodoff Day for personal reasons. He created the awareness campaign after realizing that he and his wife had become addicted to their smartphones and were interacting less frequently. He feels that reducing smartphone use can have a positive impact on families, as well as the entire community. “We’re not against smartphones, but we want people to use them carefully and not be addicted to them,” he said. “If I can only save one life by this awareness campaign, then I think it will be well worth it.”

For more information about Moodoff Day, please visit http://www.moodoffday.org or http://www.facebook.com/MoodoffDay.

Press & Media Contact:
Tapas Senapati, Event Organizer
Sydney, Australia
+61-402 754 764