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Welcome to May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2019!

This year’s theme is Healthy Mind, Healthy Body. You can learn more about Napa County wide calendar of events and a special greeting from Napa County Mental Health.


Mental health consumers, providers, and community members are invited to attend the 2019 May is Mental Health Month Kick Off Event on Wednesday, May 1st from 10-11am in Provisions (formerly Thrive Café) presented by the Mental Health Division’s May is Mental Health Month Committee. Community partners will be attending to talk about their 2019 Mental Health Month events, which will be co-sponsored by the Mental Health Division. We will have healthy snacks, prizes and lots of great information to share about Mental Health Month events and activities – see attached calendars in English and Spanish.

2019 May is Mental Health Month Kick Off Event [ DOWNLOAD ]

This year’s Mental Health Month theme is Healthy Mind, Healthy BodyMental Health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Living a healthy lifestyle may not be easy, but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy. Paying attention to both your physical health and your mental health can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

Every week I’ll be sending out email reminders of the events that we have planned for Mental Health Month and accompanying worksheets that are helpful reminders to simple things we can do to improve our mental health by taking care of our bodies.

This week’s reminder is about the Gut – Brain Connection.” Recent research is connecting your gut health with your mental health. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is the most important thing a person can do to keep their gut healthy. For details, please see the attached FGut-Brain Connection Fact Sheet for more information.

Gut – Brain Connection[ DOWNLOAD ]

We hope to see you at the Mental Health Month Kick-Off Event on Wednesday!

Auction Napa Valley Visits Aldea Programs

Auction Napa Valley Visits Aldea Programs

Thank you to Auction Napa Valley for visiting our programs today and learning more about Aldea's work in Napa County. Aldea has been a beneficiary of the Auction Napa Valley grants for several years and they came to learn more about the impact of our programs in the community.

Pictured are the NVV staff, Aldea's CEO Kerry Ahearn and staff, our V.O.I.C.E.S. Napa partner Andres and our young adult client Sindel who is a part of our Transitional Housing Program for Foster youth age 18-21. Before joining the program Sindel was living out of her car for year and not able to get ahead. After entering our program she has been able to find full time employment and focus on college classes and be engaged in the community.

This program and many others are partially funded through the support Aldea receives through Auction Napa Valley. Without this support, we would not be able to help as many kids like Sindel have their best life. To learn more about all the support NVV does in our community go here:


MOTHER'S DAY DIVINE RELAXATION IMMERSION A Benefit for Aldea Children's Services

MOTHER'S DAY DIVINE RELAXATION IMMERSION A Benefit for Aldea Children's Services


This Mothers Day, we partner with The Napa Valley Yoga Center to benefit Aldea Children’s Services by offering you a sacred hour of divine indulgences of deep yogic relaxation practices. In the course of one hour you will:

  • Bathe in a crystal bowl guided meditation, led by Kalisara (Joni Dittrich)
  • Experience profound Yoga Nidra relaxation guided by Shuddha Rose
  • Receive deep Reiki healing on a table with Kali-Ki Reiki Practitioners

Suggested donation of $25: all proceeds will benefit Aldea Children Center Foster Kids Services.

You must reserve your spot in advance! There are two time slots to choose from: 1 – 2pm, or 2 – 3pm. All reservations need to be made through Napa Napa Valley Yoga Center. 1115 Jordan Lane, Napa. Or call (707) 836-3526

“Escuchando a los padres”

“Escuchando a los padres”

The Courage Center is excited to share that as part of the upcoming Child Abuse Prevention Month / Blue Ribbon Month the center is holding a preventative workshop in Spanish on Thursday, April 11th from 5 p.m. -7 p.m.  In efforts to reach out to the majority of a demographic served by the Courage Center last year were the workshop is targeted at primarily Spanish-speaking families.

The workshop is in coordination with the CAPC theme  “ Speak out, I’m listening”. The Courage Center’s workshop is titled  "Listening to parents" A guide to manage stress when disciplining your children and preventing child abuse in the home.