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Cans in lieu of cars: an improvisation for Mental Health outreach

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month and Colusa County Behavioral Health is holding a canned food drive – and donations are welcome.

The food drive is in response to the canceled Veterans Car Show, which is typically organized by Safe Haven volunteers in May.

Donna Deabel, Marriage and Family Therapist for Behavioral Health, said the car show is tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 19 during Suicide Awareness month.

Deabel said after the distribution guideline of waiting three days, the donated food is put together into a care package for clients of behavioral health.

The care package will include goodies for children, along with a note bearing an inspirational message: the slogan for Mental Health Awareness month, “Each mind matters.”

The staff intend to add to the message, “You matter. We miss you.”

“Social isolation is just not good for humans period,” said Amanda Davis, peer support specialist for Safe Haven, about the compounding concerns she has witnessed since the pandemic has begun. “Then you have all the stresses of people not working and trying to pay their bills… and then the stresses of the virus itself.”

Safe Haven is a peer supported drop-in center that works in tandem with Behavioral Health. Although Safe Haven has not been able to accommodate physical meetings, Davis said that they still do outreach via the telephone and that the Behavioral Health office is open for those in need of services.

Those in need of food can pick up today and tomorrow from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 162 E. Carson Street.

Meanwhile, Behavioral Health is accepting donations from now through the end of the month and can be left on the table located in front of the office.

Questions about the canned food drive can be directed to Deabel at ddeabel@countyofcolusa.org (530) 458- 0532. For those in need of support, Behavioral Health has a 24-hour access line (888) 793-6580.

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