What To Do When A Loved One Is Severely Depressed

At a suicide prevention event at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wash., last month, participants choose necklaces of different colors representing how suicide had affected their lives.CreditGreg Lehman/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, via Associated Press

Heather Murphy wrote an article for the New York Times that provided some helpful tips from experts to help somebody that may be struggling with depression.

Reports of Kate Spade’s suicide and struggle with depression instantly transformed her from symbol of polished prep to a blunt reminder that suffering affects all types. Three days later we woke to the news that another beloved figure, Anthony Bourdain, had taken his life.

These two tragedies have inspired hundreds to tweet some version of the same message: Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of.

But deep in the comment threads, some have also been debating a more uncomfortable question: What do you do when a friend is depressed for such a long time that you’ve started to feel that that nothing you can do will make a difference, and your empathy reserves are tapped out? There are no easy answers. But here are some tips from experts:


Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley and Community Sponsor Sereno Group

Rebuilding Together, along with a community sponsor and volunteers, help to bring  much needed improvements to our supported housing sites. Sereno Group was Momentum’s community sponsor who worked alongside Rebuilding Together in Silicon Valley to make this all happen. This volunteer event took place on April 28, 2018.

View photos of this event.

Thank you to Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley, our amazing volunteers and Sereno Group for helping to bring these much needed improvements to life.

Volunteer Community Hero

Volunteer Community Hero

Jason Noriega

Congratulations to the recipient of the 2018 Volunteer Community Hero award. These awards recognize community members who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of our community members. A big congratulations to Momentum’s Board of Director, Jason Noriega!

Assembly Member Ash Kalra

This morning we were honored to welcome Ash Kalra, State Assembly Member for District 27, and Stacie Shih, District Director, to Momentum for an informational session and tour of Crossroads Residential Care.

David K. Mineta, President & CEO, along with Brenda Phillips, Associate Director & Administrator, and Bory Kham, RN Clinical Manager at Crossroads, presented Kalra and Shih with a glimpse of the comprehensive care and services individuals are provided.

Crossroads Village is a 45-bed integrative residential care program designed to prevent the need for treatment in an acute psychiatric inpatient program, or as a stepping stone to the transition from a higher level of care and integrating back into the community successfully.


Jason Noriega

Jason Noriega is committed to serving, improving and making a difference in the lives of Santa Clara County residents diagnosed with mental illness.

As a true community leader, Jason has not left it up to others to remove the barriers associated with accessing quality treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. He has been committed to serving, improving, removing the stigma, and making a difference for persons faced with these issues.

For the past seven years Jason has been an extraordinary Board member. He has been an active evangelist for Momentum’s mission, digs deep into his personal network and constantly keeps his eyes peeled for opportunities that can promote the agency and well-being of those served.

KCAT TV original series aired an episode on February 4th that spotlights stories of People Doing Good Things. Some of Jason’s impressive and inspiring contributions to our community were shared with host Lissa Kreisler during this episode.

Employment Support

The San Jose Business Journal hosted some sponsored content by Momentum in their recent Partners in Philanthropy edition.

The full article is posted online. Just follow the link provided below.

Mental health and substance use illnesses are common conditions across all demographic groups. Similar to other chronic health issues, mental illness and substance use disorders are not constrained by age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, or education. But research has furthered our understanding about how other important factors like employment can not only mitigate symptoms of emotional and behavioral conditions, but provide the very glue that sustains and maintains lifelong recovery.

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Traveling Exhibit

Momentum’s traveling exhibit (A Day in the Life of Recovery) was unveiled this past week at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara. Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-District 17), Mike Fox, Sr. (first underwriter for this amazing exhibit), Kaiser Leadership (Chris Boyd, Sr. VP; Barry Hughes, PhD., Clinical Director) and many others – as well as community members participated. Thank you Kaiser Permanente for hosting such a spectacular unveiling! Real stories – real people.

You can learn more about the exhibit at:


Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report shares program descriptions, service summaries and inspirational highlights from Recovery Champions.

This past year, 5000 individuals were served by over 400 staff with an operating budget of over $35 million. Those numbers represent the largest totals for each category in our history and speak to the absolute need for high quality, behavioral health services in our community.

What an Obamacare Repeal Would Mean for Mental Health Treatment

Repealing the ACA could lead to less coverage for medicines and therapy—and possibly, a return of behavioral health disorders as ‘pre-existing conditions.’

By Francie Diep

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, what’s going to happen to the tens of millions of Americans who need treatment for addiction, depression, and various other mental health conditions?

It’s a pertinent question because Obamacare had lots of provisions designed to make sure the mentally ill receive proper coverage. In 2016, Health and Human Services provided $94 million in grants through the Affordable Care Act for free clinics to screen and treat their patients for substance use disorders. With the potential for an ACA repeal, the long-term survival of those programs is now in question.

“For mental health and substance use disorder professionals, people working in the field, I think it’s a huge concern,” says David Mineta, an Obama administration-era deputy director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Mineta is now CEO of a mental health-care services nonprofit in California.)

Read full article here: https://psmag.com/what-an-obamacare-repeal-would-mean-for-mental-health-treatment-50408499556d#.4fuqrkis4

Facing Addiction in America



The day has arrived. Facing Addiction is co-hosting a national summit with United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to release his office’s historic, first-ever report called Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.


Momentum’s President & CEO, David K. Mineta, is already in attendance at this groundbreaking report coming out of Los Angeles today.
Here are the steps you can take today in order to both participate in the summit event, and help us amplify this historic event:

Watch the entire National Summit LIVE here: www.facingaddiction.org
Get involved and ask your questions on recovery, treatment, prevention and more on social media with #FacingAddiction or comment on Facing Addiction’s Facebook page (facebook.com/facingaddiction). Our room of experts will be responding to them all day long!
Join our email list to stay up to date on how you can make an impact. Just text Facing Addiction to 69866
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Post the many news articles already released today about the report, including The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, USA Today and NPR