We invite you to join Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery (PEERS) as we actively seek new members for our Board of Directors.
PEERS is a diverse community of people with mental health experiences. We envision a world where people can freely choose among many mental health options that address the needs of the whole person. PEERS confronts mental health stigma by delivering support groups, workshops, and community outreach. We are the premier peer-led mental health alternative for Alameda County residents.
By Leah Harris
According to the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH), the theme for Black History Month 2022 will focus on the extensive historical contributions of Black health and wellness practitioners, both in Western medicine and “other ways of knowing throughout the African diaspora,” such as midwives, herbalists, and healers. ASALH defines Black health and wellness to include “activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.”
Hello everybody. It’s Kozi, Programs Outreach Coordinator for Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services, aka PEERS. Happy New Year! So, tell me, do you still have all the wrapping paper, boxes, and stuffing that your Christmas presents came wrapped in? Is there a reason that you haven’t gotten rid of it? What are you waiting for?
By Leah Harris
New Year’s has always symbolized so much: a fresh start, a clean slate, a chance to recommit ourselves to what matters most. But with another pandemic winter and all the layers of uncertainty added by a new variant, the start of this new year may be lacking in its traditional celebratory, anticipatory vibe. If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone: according to a recent American Psychiatric Association poll, 1 in 5 respondents said they were more stressed about the approach of 2022 than they were about 2021. If it feels extra hard to make plans, let alone set goals this year, here are some simple skills for navigating the uncertainty.
By Stephen Bitsoli, Sunshine Behavioral Health
Year after year, December after December, it’s like “Groundhog Day” is playing over and over in your head. You cannot get out of the holidays. They come around like a bad record.
If you avoid going to visit family, they are worried and have a miserable time. If you are anxious around friends, you get blamed for being a buzzkill. But you would never hear the end of it if you didn’t go out with them at all. It’s already going to be a heated and testy time. Either you don’t have family and wish you did, or you have a hard time hanging around with the same group of people all the time.
So how do you handle all of this while still staying sane? Here is some advice from mental health experts.
By Leah Harris
Though they can bring so much joy, the holidays have long been a source of stress for many people, even in the “Before Times.” So very much has happened between the 2020 holiday season and this one. Importantly, the approval of the Covid-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up, and boosters for adults, has allowed for opportunities to travel and see loved ones in person with a greater degree of safety. However, rising COVID case rates, even in highly vaccinated areas, are causing people to feel afraid or unsure about holiday plans.
These additional layers of uncertainty, on top of the ongoing uncertainty that people have been experiencing, can cause already-high stress levels to skyrocket. According to one expert, “The stress of uncertainty, especially when prolonged, is among the most insidious stressors we experience as human beings.” Below we offer some ideas for moving through the ups and downs of this holiday season while protecting your mental wellness.