What We Do

Community Wellness Programs

A range of wellness and recovery activities available to the entire community, weekday afternoons and evenings, that are absolutely free! Learn how to get well and stay well, in a format that promotes understanding and safety for healing.

Here’s an introduction to our Community Wellness Programs en Español.

Drumming

Rhythmic drumming in community as a musical form of therapy and gateway to better mental health and wellness.

For more information, please contact Vicente Garcia, Assistant Director of Wellness & Recovery Programs, 805-845-3186.

Family Advocate Services

(offered in partnership with NAMI SB County)

Are you a parent or family member trying to cope with the ramifications of your loved one’s serious mental health disorder or substance abuse issue on your family, and navigate the public and private mental healthcare system? Our Family Advocate is dedicated to and trained to offer one-on-one support during challenging times with experience to help you access various clinical and support services available in our community. Family Advocate can provide support and insight around the following issues:

  • Can help you discover workable options.
  • Offer resources in our community related to housing, hospitalization, treatment, legal system, and supportive programming.
  • Direct you to support groups for caregivers and family members.
  • NAMI Family-to-Family classes, workshops, and monthly educational meetings.

Drop-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. However, appointments are encouraged. Services are offered at no cost and available in both English and Spanish. Contact Julieta Silva, Family Advocate, for an appointment, 805-884-3286.

Family 2 Family

(offered in partnership with NAMI SB County)

If you are a family member of a person living with a mental health disorder that is disrupting your family life and you need help and support, this eight-week course is offered twice a year and will teach you about the various mental health disorders, how they’re diagnosed and treated, and how they can be supported with compassion.

For more information, please contact Julieta Silva, Family Advocate and F2F course coordinator, at 805-884-3286.

Family Support Group

If you are a family member supporting a loved-one living with a mental health disorder, join us where you’ll be able to share stories, build coping and communications skills, and learn alongside others who understand. Meets via ZOOM on Mondays at 6:00 pm or in person at Mental Wellness Center on Thursdays at 6:00 PM. For more information on in person or virtual group, please contact Julieta Silva, MWC Family Advocate, 805-884-3286.

Grupo Colibri

A mental health support group for adults shared in Spanish. For more information, please contact Vicente Garcia, Assistant Director of Wellness & Recovery Programs, 805-845-3186.

Mental Health at Home Peer & Parent

Mental Wellness Center’s interdisciplinary team works in a family’s home or at our offices to engage and support the mental health needs of referred families who have adult children with mental illness. The Team establishes individual relationships with family members and the adult child with a severe mental illness in the hopes of providing education, support and connection to mental health resources in the community in a manner that breaks down barriers to seeking help while promoting recovery and resilience for the entire family.

Inmate Support & Rehabilitation Program

The core of this program focuses on music therapy as a tool for stress management, emotional expression, communication improvement, and physical well-being. Trained clinicians from Mental Wellness Center facilitate rhythmic drumming sessions followed by guided meditations within the correctional facility on a weekly basis, recognizing the proven efficacy of music as a gateway to better mental health, serenity, and relaxation, which are nearly always lacking while in incarceration.

Listen to an original drum piece created by the group participants.

Stronger Together

Connect with other adults who live with depression and/or bipolar disorder on a weekly basis. Mondays online or Thursdays in person. For information on how to join, please contact Liz Imperato, Stronger Together facilitator, 805-829-8647.

Foundations for Wellbeing 

Calling all women! Join our new Women’s Group at the Fellowship Club, providing a safe and supportive space for all backgrounds. Topics include: self-care habits & techniques, communications skills, work-life balance, and embracing our stories. Meetings are every other Monday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Group session begins at 2pm. Come, connect, and bring a friend! Explore more at our Commuity Wellness Program Calendar. ¡Hablamos español!

Anxiety Workshop for Adults

Unpack the tools to tackle anxiety with our Wednesday workshops! From 4:30 to 6:00 pm, join our supportive community as we navigate strategies and insights from Arlin Cunic, MA’s Anxiety Workbook. Together, let’s empower ourselves to thrive. Explore more at our Commuity Wellness Program Calendar. 

We’re here for you.

Contact us to learn more or make an appointment. We may refer you to an educational group, a support group or one of our external partners.

To learn more about a specific mental health disorder, go to: www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness.

“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

Brene Brown