The Mental Wellness Center understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do and remain committed to working against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.

Mental Wellness Center Updates Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to make the best decisions for our Mental Wellness Center community and provide you with timely updated information.

You are not alone. The Mental Wellness Center is here for you.

For over 70 years, the Mental Wellness Center has been building hope for individuals and families, and is here to offer hope to all those in need.
So remember - you are not alone. Today and every day, the Mental Wellness Center is here for you.

For questions pertaining to the Fellowship Club, please contact Nick Papageorge at: 805-845-3351
To access the Fellowship Club's social & emotional support line, please call: 805-845-3281
To reach our Family Advocate, please contact Ramona Winner at: 805-884-8440 ext. 3206

Mental Wellness Center & COVID-19 - Updates & Resources

Last Updated: April 6, 2020

The following meetings, support groups and community education programs usually held at the Mental Wellness Center are now being offered virtually (this list will be updated regularly):

MOST meetings, support groups and community education programs held at the Mental Wellness Center have been temporarily cancelled, effective immediately, until further notice.


Fellowship Club Updates:

Fellowship Club & Lunch Distribution Updates

During this time, we will continue to provide lunches to Fellowship Club members through a pick-up lunch system. Lunches will be distributed at the Mental Wellness Center Fellowship Club. Just a reminder - the Fellowship Club will remain closed at this time and is only open for lunch distribution.

Due to social distancing, lunches will be distributed to members in small groups, see below for the current lunch distribution schedule:

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It is important to note that we are not opening the Fellowship Club. Once members pick up their lunch, they will need to immediately exit the Fellowship Club.

Also, from 11AM to 3PM, Fellowship Club staff will continue to be available for support via telephone at: 805-845-3281. If we do not pick up, please leave a message and we will return your call.

For information outside of the above referenced hours, please leave a message or visit our website for future updates at: www.mentalwellnesscenter.org.


THANK YOU to the Rosewood Miramar Beach for supporting our lunch program.

Click here to read more about #MiramarOnTheMove and how the Rosewood Miramar Beach is supporting our community!

If you are interested in supporting the Fellowship Club Lunch Program, please contact: Amanda Conroy, Development & Communitcations Manager at aconroy@mentalwellnesscenter.org. 


Key Updates from the Mental Wellness Center

Last Updated: April 6, 2020

We realize that at this time, you might be overwhelmed with communication regarding COVID-19. As information and guidance evolves, we will do our best to stay connected with you and will keep you updated via our website at: www.mentalwellnesscenter.org. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time, and remember: you are not alone - the Mental Wellness Center is here for YOU.


A Message from Mental Wellness Center CEO, Annmarie Cameron:

Last Updated: April 7, 2020

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to make the best decisions for our Mental Wellness Center community and provide you with timely updated information in regards to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As to not overwhelm you with information, all updates pertaining to the Mental Wellness Center will be made available on our website and can be accessed at any time by visiting: www.mentalwellnesscenter.org.

Yesterday, our county officials declared a local health emergency in regards to COVID-19. Today, the Mental Wellness Center is taking proactive steps to protect our staff, clients and community from COVID-19 and to assist our area's public health officials in their goal of containing the spread of the virus throughout the County:

It is important for each of us to prepare for a wide range of possibilities and challenges over the next few days and weeks. Our community has faced challenges and crisis before, and by working together, we will persevere.


A Message from NAMI Santa Barbara County President, George Kaufmann:

Last Updated: April 7, 2020

Dear NAMI members and stakeholders,

We hope that all of you are coping as well as possible with the extraordinary and unprecedented situation in which we find ourselves. As we’re all forced to find new ways to accomplish the most critical tasks facing us while ignoring or deferring those that aren’t so crucial, we’re also learning how to better embrace uncertainty and to use technology to keep us connected and to help us do our most important work. Here at NAMI we too are learning to embrace both uncertainty and technology – and thus we want to share this update.

First, let’s deal with the uncertainty: None of us knows how long the Declaration of Health Emergency will continue in our county, and when we will be able to resume normal in-person programs and services. As I write this, it now appears that current restrictions may last through April if not longer. Because of this, our April 23rd NAMI Speaker meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled at a future date. We’re hopeful that we can resume these meetings in May. Because of the uncertainty, we are asking you to check in regularly at our website www.namisantabarbara.org for the latest information as we will be providing regular updates.

Second, we’re embracing the technology of Zoom meetings to keep participants in our two weekly support groups connected during the emergency. Both the Thursday evening Family Support Group facilitated by Ramona Winner (rwinner@mentalwellnesscenter.org) and the Tuesday evening Weekly Family Discussion Group facilitated by Tom Franklin and Marian McKenzie (tefrfc@gmail.com) will meet on their regularly scheduled dates/times via Zoom video teleconferencing. To join, contact the facilitator (Ramona or Tom) to receive an email invitation with a link to the group meeting. It’s easy to use and groups may be accessed using almost any smart phone or computer. We’re also exploring Zoom meetings for our two in-progress Family to Family classes to keep each group of participants connected with each other and their teachers – participants will be contacted directly by their teachers who will provide details. We will also be using Zoom to conduct our monthly Board of Directors meeting as well as our Public Policy Committee for the remainder of this emergency. Those of you who are members of those groups will be contacted by email with details.

Finally, because we want to be sure no one is alone or without support, we continue to encourage you to contact the Family Advocate’s office (rwinner@mentalwellnesscenter.org, 805-884-8440 ext. 3206) with questions about community resources or if you need one-on-one support. Meanwhile, please take good care of yourself and your family and we look forward to seeing you on a Zoom group or when we’re able to resume our normal activities.

Sincerely,
George Kaufmann


Additional Resources:

Last Updated: March 23, 2020

The Community Wellness Team (CWT) would like to remind you: We Are Still Here For You

The CWT is a collaboration of local agencies working together to support those in Santa Barbara County. The Mental Wellness Center is proud to be a part of this important community collaboration.

If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, you are not alone. We will come to you - virtually. There are many resources available to support your mental health that can be accessed remotely during this time. Please click on the images below to access and download resources made available to our community by the CWT.