We are proud to highlight NAMI Orange County as our featured Be Well OC partner this quarter. NAMI conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups throughout the entire county, addressing every aspect of mental health.
We are proud to highlight NAMI Orange County as our featured Be Well OC partner this quarter. NAMI conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups throughout the entire county, addressing every aspect of mental health. They provide no-cost programs, virtual events, educational meetings, support groups and advocacy for families and individuals dealing with the effects of mental illness. Learn more about NAMI Orange County’s work here.
The Community Suicide Prevention Initiative (CSPI), which was developed in July 2019 in partnership with the Orange County Health Care Agency, seeks to develop, enrich and integrate new and existing services and supports across the suicide prevention continuum and throughout the entire county.
CSPI recently announced the appointment of its leadership for 2021. Nancy Cooper, current chair of the Orange County Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will serve as chair, while Dr. Michaell Rose, director of Hoag’s Community Benefit Program and Community Health Department, will serve as co-chair. We are grateful to their commitments to this important topic.
Cooper, who lost her son to suicide 20 years ago, is a heartfelt advocate for suicide prevention. Ten years after his death, she was introduced to AFSP and, a few years later, formed AFSP’s Orange County chapter. She is a strong supporter and proponent of AFSP’s “Talk Saves Lives” curriculum, which provides participants with a clear understanding of this leading cause of death, including the most up-to-date research on suicide prevention, and what they can do in their communities to save lives.
Dr. Rose is passionate about all public health issues. In her role at Hoag, she oversees all programs and services under the Community Health umbrella, including the Mental Health Center, Health Ministries, Community Benefit Grants Program, Project Wipe Out, and the Center for Healthy Living.
Over the course of the next year, CSPI hopes will continue work in four key areas: 1) Building a Countywide Suicide Prevention Coalition in Orange County; 2) Expanding Community Outreach and Engagement; 3) Engaging Interested Community Partners in Piloting the CSPI Framework; and 4) Planning for Sustainability and Spread.
In partnership with more than 20 health systems, clinics, county agencies and community-based organizations, Mind OC, the non-profit backbone of the Be Well OC movement, announced it has been approved for $3 million over the next 17 months from the ACEs Aware grant program. The project aims to implement a broad and inclusive Trauma-Informed Network of Care (TINoC) for Orange County, which will ultimately work to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), promote ACE screening in children and adults, improve treatment of ACE-Associated Health Conditions (AAHCs), and prevent intergenerational toxic stress transmission.
“This achievement is a result of the collaboration and commitment of the broad coalition of community partners that have come together in Be Well Orange County. The work we will be able to do under this grant could not be more important.”
– Marshall Moncrief, Be Well OC
On January 13, leaders from the Board of Supervisors, Orange County Health Care Agency, CalOptima, District Attorney, Sheriff and local health systems joined together for a virtual ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Be Well Orange Campus. Located at 265 Anita Dr., the 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will provide best-in-class mental health and substance use disorder services to all County residents who are referred for care. We are excited about this milestone and look forward to continuing on the journey of providing best-in-class mental health care to all in our community. Read more.
Find more information about the Orange Campus here