Entries by Momentum Team

President Obama Taking More Steps to Address the Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

Today, as part of his efforts to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, the President will join individuals in recovery, family members, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.  At the event, he’ll take questions from Justin Luke Riley, […]

Story of Recovery

At just 14-years-old, Audrey was taken to Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) when her school’s therapist noticed cut marks on her arms, a response to being sexually abused two years prior. The next nine years were rough; between Audrey’s mother’s belief that her daughter was not in need of mental health treatment and getting heavily involved […]

Alberto Ruiz

Alberto Ruiz spends a lot of his free time in the studio, recording Christian gospel rap music under his label Alby Paz Records. Alby believes there is something therapeutic about expressing emotions and thoughts with a hypnotic beat in the background. “Deep, impactful music draws attention to a poetic or emotional story,” Alby says. In […]

Red Kettle Luncheon

The Salvation Army began it’s Red Kettle Campaign 124 years ago today, in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle […]

Silicon Valley Suicides

Image by Brian L. Frank | Atlantic: Hanna Rosin – December 2015 | The Silicon Valley Suicides: Atlantic National Correspondent Hannah Rosin shared her research and stories collected in a December cover story on suicide. Taylor Chiu, who recently spoke at Momentum’s Mental Health fundraiser on October 23rd, was one of the stories shared. 

Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day – the Nation’s day to take a pause to appreciate everyone who has ever served in uniform. At Momentum we are fortunate to have colleagues who have answered the call for military service. I’d like to highlight five team members as a thank you to all of Momentum’s employees […]

President Barack Obama: Weekly Address

Every week, the President sits down to speak directly to the American people in a weekly address that goes live on Saturday morning. In this past week’s address, on “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” the President spoke about the importance of preventing and treating substance use disorders. Read the full transcript or listen to the […]

Taylor Chiu – Out of the Darkness

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Walk, San Jose, September 20, 2015 by Taylor Chiu I’ve heard depression described as a prison, a hole, a jacket, a weight. An entrapment that you fall into, a force that controls you. I have felt all of these things. As a young person with undiagnosed […]

David Mineta: Tragedy like Michael Tyree’s jail death can be prevented

The death of Michael Tyree at the Santa Clara County Jail has sparked outrage and rekindled both local and national conversations about the intersection of criminal justice and mental health treatment. Thankfully, there has been swift official action toward bringing those responsible to justice. But beyond the inquiry into what exactly happened that night looms […]