The Antelope Valley has the highest percent of adults with current depression. Our goal is to change this.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
Family history of mental health problems
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
How common are mental illnesses?
Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.
More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.
1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.
1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.
1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Click the link to debunk the most common myths on mental illness.
We have a partnership with Brown University Human-Computer Interaction Group, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and the Invisible College on Cheeseburger Therapy.
“Cheeseburger Therapy is an anonymous, text-based chat service where customers, or thinkers, visit the site to live chat with a trained helper about a challenging life experience. We're democratizing access to mental health services by making it quick, affordable and easy - just like a Cheeseburger.” -cheeseburgertherapy.com
By offering the Antelope Valley community the option to get online free therapy we are allowing children and adults that have a fear of going out to receive help. We are helping those who suffer with social anxiety. We are helping those that do not have transportation. We are helping those who fear the mental health stigma. We are here to help.
Breaking the mental health stigma in our community is our priority.
Margarita Humanitarian Foundation is driven to end the mental health stigma that is in the Antelope Valley. We want to let people know that it is 100% normal to feel emotions and to seek help.
We will accomplish this by:
mental health promotion & awareness
increasing wellbeing in those already suffering
providing assistance to to those who need insurance by helping them enroll for insurance
Listening Ears Support Group:
A support group provides an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings, coping strategies, or information about their disorders or treatments that have helped them.
Increased self-understanding: As one learns more effective ways to cope and handle difficult situations, one gains a better understanding about themselves. An individual can also gain increased insight about the factors that have contributed to one's current challenges and the strategies that seem to work best to help one move toward their goals.
To express your feelings: You are not alone. After an individual realizes they aren’t alone and within a safe and supportive environment, they will begin to feel comfortable sharing their feelings and life circumstances with the group. This can be a very therapeutic and healing experience, particularly one will find that others in the group will listen non judgmentally and will praise others for one's openness and courage.
Learn from Headspace- These short videos will teach you guided meditation skills, grounding techniques, deep breathing techniques, and allow you an opportunity to relax and wind down.
Creative Art Support Group
Adults and children both benefit from art's health advantages, which include stress relief. Art and mental health can be linked in a good way—artistic pursuits like sculpting, painting, and drawing have been shown to reduce stress and enhance mental relaxation. It gives a calming distraction by taking your attention away from your daily routine and thoughts. Another benefit of art is that it encourages creative thinking and imagination in all ages. Our GOAL is to create a positive environment where at the end of each session you will feel tranquility.
Draw or paint your emotions. In this exercise, you’ll focus entirely on painting what you’re feeling. Make a stress painting. Choose colors that represent your stress and jab, scribble and paint your problems away.
Design a postcard you will never send. Are you still angry or upset with someone in your life? Create a postcard that expresses this, though you don’t have to ever send it.
Paint a mountain and a valley. The mountain can represent a time where you were happy, the valley, when you were sad. Add elements that reflect specific events as well.
Paint inside a heart. Using a heart as a pattern, fill in different parts of the heart with the emotions you’re feeling right now.
Freehand draw. Draw whatever comes to mind! In this activity let your imagination take your hand through the process of drawing whatever it wants to. This greatly helps with raging thoughts.
Both Groups will feature the guidance and supervision of Dr. Roeback PhD, LPCC, CPC, CRC
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