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Alma Rosa Winery to Host Virtual Fundraiser For Mental Health

Posted on September 12, 2020

Alma Rosa Winery, a wine producer from Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills, has launched the first Peace of Mind — 10,000 Steps in the Right Direction, a month-long fundraiser benefiting Mental Wellness Center and One Mind.Community members can sign up now to participate in a virtual....

Growing Number of People Facing Mental Health Fallout of COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on September 11, 2020

A growing number of people are facing mental health challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to two prominent Santa Barbara County-based organizations. It has been estimated that up to one-third of the community is experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression since...

Mental Wellness Center Puts Andrea Carnaghe on Board of Directors

Posted on August 13, 2020

Andrea (Andy) Carnaghe has rejoined the Mental Wellness Center (MWC) Board of Directors.Since joining the MWC Board of Directors in 2010, Carnaghe has volunteered on the board for more than a decade, serving on several committees including finance, audit and nominating committees, as well as previously...

Amanda Conroy Named Mental Wellness Center Development & Marketing Director

Posted on May 18, 2020

Amanda Conroy, a skilled fundraising and marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, has been promoted to Development & Marketing Director for the Mental Wellness Center. Amanda Conroy completed her undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated with a dual...


Mental Wellness Center Launches Virtual Book Club to Mark Mental Health Month

Posted on May 5, 2020

Our lives and sense of well-being have been severely impacted by the stresses imposed on us by the worry, fear and financial concerns caused by COVID-19, the ensuing lockdown and upheaval to daily lives, so much so that clinical anxiety has increased close to 20 percent during the first...


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Expands to Santa Maria, Lompoc

Posted on February 18, 2020

Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County (FSA), Mental Wellness Center and the Youthwell Coalition have partnered to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings that give adults who work with youth an action plan for reaching out and offering...


National Alliance on Mental Illness Returns to Santa Maria

Posted on November 19, 2019

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), an organization providing education, support and advocacy for individuals and families impacted by mental health conditions, will return to the Santa Maria area following a several-year absence “We are pleased to...


Kessler Solomon Joins Mental Wellness Center Board

Posted on October 1, 2019

Mental Wellness Center has announced former marketing executive Julie Kessler Solomon has joined its Board of Directors. Solomon brings her commitment to local community organizations. She has served as board chair for the Phoenix of Santa...


Mental Wellness Center Reaping Rewards of Legacy Giving

Posted on September 14, 2019

When the nationwide Great Recession hit in the late 2000s, Santa Barbara’s Mental Wellness Center felt its deep impact. The center had moved into a new building in 2009, but financial struggles left many spaces in the large building unused. The Santa...


Mental Wellness Center’s Newest Home Makes Impact on Residents in More Ways Than One

Posted on September 2, 2019

The Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara works largely under the radar, but its impact has permeated Santa Barbara County for more than 70 years, destigmatizing mental illness and breaking down the barriers of fear that can often separate...


Young Woman’s Story Helping Mental Wellness Center Battle Mental Health Misunderstandings

Posted on August 27, 2019

For more than 70 years, the Mental Wellness Center has offered programs for adults and youths aimed at promoting communication and understanding about mental health. The center’s programs reach young people through school clubs and class...


Classes For People Living With Mental Health Conditions Taught by Peers

Posted on July 23, 2019

In the words of one of the first Santa Barbara participants in a free, new course for people experiencing mental health challenges, “Now I realize that my illness is real, but not my fault. I am in recovery at last.” Offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental...


25th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival a Celebration of Creativity

Posted on July 4, 2019

The Mental Wellness Center (MWC) will host its 25th Annual Mental Health Arts Festival at De La Guerra Plaza, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, honoring the work of local artists living with mental illness, and celebrating the power of creative expression...


Mental Wellness Center Celebrates Mental Health Month

Posted on May 15, 2019

The Mental Wellness Center (MWC) held its first ever Stigma Buster Celebration May 1 in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and the efforts of its local graduates and partners.About 100 supporters gathered at MWC’s Fellowship Club, which by day...


Conover Classic Charity Pool Tourney to Raise Awareness for Mental Health

Posted on April 8, 2019

Community members are invited to participate in the Conover Classic Charity Pool Tournament, Sunday, April 14, in honor of Pete Conover. Conover was an avid pool player who loved a good game, but most importantly he loved playing with friends...


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Offered in Santa Barbara

Posted on January 8, 2019

There’s a movement starting in Santa Barbara. Parents, teachers, and others who work with youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to “be the difference” by learning how to reach out support youth struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem...


Mental Wellness Center‘s Disaster Recovery Hub Remains Open

Posted on August 28, 2018

There’s a movement starting in Santa Barbara. Parents, teachers, and others who work with youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to “be the difference” by learning how to reach out support youth struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem...


Grant Promotes Youth Work Toward Better Mental Health

Posted on March 21, 2018

Fund for Santa Barbara Supports Youth for Better Mental Health Youth Wellness Connection Receives Grant for High School Wellness CampaignThe Fund for Santa Barbara has awarded a grant to the Youth Wellness Connection (YWC), a youth...


Community Wellness Team Established for Mental Health

Posted on March 14, 2018

Meeting the community’s mental health and spiritual and emotional wellness in response to the Thomas Fire and Jan. 9 debris flow is the goal of the newly established Community Wellness Team.Led by the Santa Barbara County’s Department of...


Grant to Fund Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Posted on January 6, 2018

The Fund for Santa Barbara has awarded a grant to train an instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid, the Mental Wellness Center has announced.Mental Health First Aid is a one-day course taught by laypeople to others so they will know the signs and...


Art Show Celebrates Beauty of Diversity

Posted on July 5, 2017

To honor the work of local artists living with mental illness, and celebrate the power of creative expression, the Mental Wellness Center will host its 23rd annual Mental Health Arts Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, at De La Guerra PlazaThe free festival...


Help Stomp Out Stigma Surrounding Mental Health

Posted on April 15, 2017

The Mental Wellness Center will kick off Mental Health Month in May with its 6th Annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness on Friday, May 5, at East Beach Bathhouse, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara.The Sunset Beach Walk will begin with an opening ceremony at...


Mental Wellness Groups to Show Film ‘The Love Effect’

Posted on February 21, 2017

The Mental Wellness Center, Santa Barbara City College Wellness Connection, and San Marcos High School Wellness Connection Club are bringing the film The Love Effect to Santa Barbara and the community is invited to join the movement.A free screening of...


Mental Wellness Center Has Two New Board Members

Posted on January 27, 2017

The Mental Wellness Center has announced the appointments of Ned Emerson and Vickie Gonzales to its board of directors.Emerson brings over four decades of business and sales experience to the Mental Wellness Center’s board. He served as a sales...


If you’d like to connect with someone from the Mental Wellness Center to schedule an interview and/or have a marketing inquiry, please contact:

Amanda Conroy, MPA
Development & Marketing Director
aconroy@mentalwellnesscenter.org
805-884-8440 ext. 3298