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Behavioral Health promotes Mental Health Awareness Month

Behavioral Health Department announces the events planned for Mental Health Awareness Month.

Samantha Rivas and Deborah Armstrong at the San Benito High School Wellness Center. Photo courtesy of Samantha Rivas.

Education / Schools

Wellness center reaches out to teens during pandemic

San Benito High School aims to end the stigma of depression and anxiety.

R.O. Hardin Elementary School. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Education / Schools

HSD Board hears report on student mental health

Director of Student Services Kip Ward highlights hiring of social worker.

San Benito County Office of Education. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.


SBC Office of Education collaborates with Behavioral Health Department for mental health services

Through grants and other specialized funding, schools have worked to provide additional counselors, social workers and mental health therapists to address growing need.

Chamberlain's kids making a recipe by California Giant. Photo provided by Chamberlain's Youth Services.


California Giant launches ‘Spreading Smiles’

Chamberlain's Youth Services featured in campaign.

Previous Chamberlain’s resident Alimah with her son Khaine and husband Vincent on a recent visit. Photo provided by Chamberlain's.


Chamberlain’s Youth Services staff reunites with former resident

At 21 years old, Alimah is currently trekking her way through school and doing a good job managing the challenges life throws us all.

SBC Behavioral Health. File Photo.


SBC Behavioral Health provides resources for mental health during COVID-19

Services are offered to everyone in the county, regardless of insurance coverage.

Case Manager Daniel Padron working out of the arts room at the Esperanza Center. Photo courtesy of SBC Behavioral Health.


County Behavioral Health continues to provide care

Case managers holding remote one-on-one and group sessions with clients.

"There are a lot of people I have talked to who are happy because they have been able to take the time to reconnect with their families and slow down to see the sky," said Robert Johnson, a practicing licensed marriage and family therapist in Hollister. Photo by Becky Bonner.


Taking time for mental wellness

Therapists share tools and strategies for coping with shelter-in-place.

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SBC Behavioral Health to offer mental health livestreams

Zoom webinars to give tips on reducing stress and other mental health issues.

Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center meeting in January. Photos provided.


Gabilan Kinship Center presents check to Seneca

Funds raised from a 2019 food and wine tasting.

Bryanna Morales, 15, Angela Martinez, 14, and Ariana Ventura, 15, hang out in the video game room at the Esperanza Center in Hollister during the Jan. 6 grand opening of the youth drop-in center. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Youth programming comes to Esperanza Center

Aside from providing a place to hang out with friends, the drop-in center offers workshops, case managers and homework tutors.

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Tips for reducing stress and depression during the holidays

The holiday season can add extra stress. County Behavioral Health offers some tips on how to handle it.

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County Behavioral Health trains case management staff in youth mental health first aid

The goal is to support schools by training professionals that work with youth.

The Esperanza Center, located at 562 San Benito Street, is San Benito County Behavioral Health's wellness center. File photo.

Health / Fitness

The Esperanza Center offers services to county residents

Services such as social and emotional support, school performance focus, and coping skills are offered to county residents through a variety of groups, activities, and case management.