Healthy Living Programs
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) identified mental health as a health priority for 2022-25. For more information about the health priorities, visit www.bchd.org/healthreport.

As Los Angeles County moves into the post-surge phase of COVID-19, many of us are returning to our pre-COVID-19 lives, looking forward to leaving the pandemic and the negative toll it has taken on our mental health in the past. We experienced COVID-19 together and it affected us all. With our re-entry into society, let’s focus on sharing hope and being kind to ourselves and one another, allowing ourselves grace as we once more transition to a new phase in the pandemic. Join BCHD for mental health programs, tips and resources to help you prioritize and support your mental health as we continue to live through and recover from COVID-19.

Kindness Counts
Every act of kindness, big or small, has the power to make a difference in someone’s life. By sharing your story, you empower others to choose kindness more often. Did you know that kindness and empathy spark the release of feel-good oxytocin in the brain of everyone involved, including observers? (Claremont Graduate University, 2009) Be kind and share your kindness story at www.bchd.org/kindnesscounts.

Want to share kindness with your community? Download the Kindness Poster here.
In partnership with Beach Cities Health District and Hermosa Beach Mayor Michael Detoy, Manhattan Beach Mayor Hildy Stern and Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand

Attend a Free Event

Virtual Families Connected Parent Chat
A parent support group led by a licensed professional from the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center held in partnership with South Bay Families Connected. Open to all parents.
Tuesdays
10 – 10:50 a.m.

Upcoming Topics

  • May 3: Impact of Social Media and Screen Time on Youth Mental Health
  • May 10: Anxiety Among Youth: What’s Trending
  • May 17: Parenting Strategies to Help Youth Reduce Anxiety
  • May 24: Understanding Depression
  • May 31: When and How to Reach Out for Help

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Virtual Talk with a Beach Cities Health District Care Manager
Jennefer Hernandez, BCHD Care Manager, will offer older adults a variety of resources relating to health, wellness, housing, programs and much more.
First Monday of the Month
May 2
11 a.m.

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Virtual Mindfulness Drop-In
Take 30 minutes to downshift and practice mindfulness techniques. The guided session will be led by a trained Beach Cities Health District instructor.
First Wednesday of the Month
May 4
4 – 4:30 p.m.

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Virtual Happiness Chat
This is a casual discussion group with light-hearted activities to spark conversation. Share ideas, tips, resources, jokes, quotes – anything that supports our happiness!
Second Tuesday of the Month
May 10
12:30 – 1 p.m.

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Virtual Social Hour with BCHD Care Manager Charlotte Barnett
We want to provide a space for people to talk, ask questions and share their experience during COVID-19. Join us if you want to learn more about community resources or BCHD, or if you just want to connect! Open to all.
First & Third Tuesday of the Month
May 3 and 17
10 – 11 a.m
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Families Connected Speaker Series
"Left to Our Own Devices: Parenting Strategies for Healthy Device Management and Optimal Mental Health" presented by Dr. Don Grant

This session will provide Beach Cities caregivers and families useful information and tools to address responsible technology use and online presence with their families. Held in partnership with Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Families Connected, Hermosa Beach City School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District.
Tuesday, May 17
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Hermosa View at Vista, Multi-Purpose Room
, 417 25th St. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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Virtual Event: Beyond Alzheimer's: The Other Types of Dementias
Presented by the South Bay Dementia Education Consortium

While Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, it is not the only kind. This presentation will discuss other forms of dementia, such as Vascular Dementia, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, and Frontotemperal Dementia, and how they differ from Alzheimer’s in progression, treatment, and diagnosis.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Bickart is an assistant professor in neurology at UCLA who completed his MD/PhD in anatomy and neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine, post-doc at Northeastern and Harvard Universities, and residency in neurology at Stanford.
  • Dr. Sarah Kremen is a behavioral neurologist and the Director of the Neurobehavior Program at the Jona Goldrich Center for Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center. She completed her residency in neurology at UCLA and her fellowship training in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

Thursday, May 19
3 – 4:30 p.m.

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Virtual Maximize Gratitude: Express appreciation and savor kindness
Learn how to boost your well-being through evidence-based practices to build resilience, feel more connected and be happier. This workshop focuses on the building blocks to help create a healthier and happier you. Facilitated by Tiana Rideout-Rosales, Well-Being Programs Coordinator, participants will learn techniques to build a practice supporting stress resilience, foster positive social connections and have a bit of fun, too. For more well-being resources, visit https://www.bchd.org/series. This workshop is part of the National Senior Health and Fitness Week with the Center for Health & Fitness.
Wednesday, May 25
9 – 9:55 a.m.

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Virtual Boost Your Well-Being: Strategies for Older Adults
Learn how to boost your well-being through evidence-based practices to build resilience, feel more connected and be happier. This workshop focuses on the building blocks to help create a healthier and happier you. Facilitated by Tiana Rideout-Rosales, Well-Being Programs Coordinator, and Emily Brosius, LCSW, Community Services Manager, participants will learn techniques to build a practice supporting stress resilience, foster positive social connections and have a bit of fun, too.
Thursday, May 26
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

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The Need
Stress has been a health and well-being issue in the Beach Cities since the initial Gallup National Health & Well-being Index (WBI) in 2010. A decade later, Beach Cities adults continue to see high rates of stress. Nearly half (49%) of Beach Cities adults reported experiencing stress yesterday according to the WBI (2020). For youth, the percentage of Beach Cities students who experience chronic sad or hopeless feelings continues to increase (California Healthy Kids Survey). Overall, there is much room for improvement in mental health among Beach Cities adults and youth. They are feeling more stressed, sad, hopeless and disconnected from one another. For more information on our health priorities, visit www.bchd.org/healthreport.

Resources
If you are experiencing a serious or life-threatening concern, please call 9-1-1. If your concern is not life-threatening, support is also available by contacting the 24/7 providers listed below:

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text the word “HOME” to 741-741
  • Los Angeles County Mental Health Services: (800) 854-7771
  • Los Angeles County Information Line: 2-1-1
  • Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ): (866) 488-7386 or text 678678
  • Institute on Aging Friendship Line (Seniors and disabled adults): (800) 971-0016
  • L.A. Warm Line (NAMI): (855) 952-9276 (10 p.m. – 6 a.m.)

Mental Health First Aid USA
Mental Health America
Change Direction
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Beach Cities Health District:

  • Need Help? If you or someone you know in the Beach Cities needs assistance with health-related information or referrals, please call our Assistance, Information and Referral Line, 310-374-3426 and press option 1, Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit bchd.org/resources.
  • The Beach Cities School Well-Being Line provides enhanced mental health support and help navigating questions related to health and safety at school. Call 310-374-3426 and press option 2, Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.