Increase screening and identification of mental health needs, access to mental health care, and community support and awareness.
Tahoe Forest Health System plans to assure minimum screening recommendations (based on evidence-based guidelines and the United States Preventative Services Task Force recommendations) for all primary care health clinics to include Depression Screening. Routine screenings for psychosocial problems such as depression are important indicators to help manage patients and improve quality of care, especially if the patient is also suffering from a chronic disease such as diabetes or hypertension.
Stress Reduction for Teens
Breathing, Movement & Visualization for Stress Reduction is presented in TTUSD school health and physical education classes to decrease stress levels in students thereby reducing stress-related diseases, decrease drug and alcohol use and improving mental health.
Students at TTUSD have personally reported that the classes help reduce stress during tests, provided tools they can use to deal with stress at home and at school and improved mood (less depression and anxiety) and athletes have reported fewer sports-related injuries and quicker recovery.
Stress Relief Programming for Seniors
The Wellness Neighborhood supports equipping seniors with the tools to mitigate stress, improve mood, and reduce negative emotions while also improving balance and mobility. Through Sierra Senior Services, Stress Relief Classes are taught to seniors weekly.
Suicide Prevention Coalition
The Suicide Prevention Coalition formed in 2013 in response to significant community need around suicide awareness and prevention. The Coalition has focused on prevention by promoting the Know the Signs campaign and organizing educational events such as Positive Psychology with Christopher Old, MFP, LPCC and Supporting Ourselves and Our children in Difficult Times with Kim Bateman, PhD and Jackie Hurt-Coppola, LMFT.
The Steering Committee includes TFHS's Wellness Neighborhood, Placer County Health and Human Services, Nevada County Health and Human Services, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Safe Alliance and the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. All community members are invited to be a part of the Coalition.
Mental and Behavioral Health Resource Directory
The Mental and Behavioral Health Resource Directory is updated yearly and includes provider and practice information, payments accepted including insurance or sliding scale, if the provider offers services in Spanish, gender and license of the provider.
Multi-Modal Therapies for Chronic Pain Resource Directory
The Multi-Modal Therapies for Chronic Pain Resource Directory includes provider and practice information, including what type of service is provided and the types of payment accepted.
Whole Hearts, Minds and Bodies
The Wellness Neighborhood is partnered with Gateway Mountain Center and their Whole Hearts, Minds and Bodies program to target at-risk youth. The program uses a holistic treatment model for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges including behavioral and/or substance abuse issues.
Their concept of Nature-Based Therapeutic Mentoring combines caring mentorship, expansive experiences, and self reflection to support participants as they navigate life. The team consists of mentors with training as therapists, school counselors, mountain guides, teachers and practitioners in the healing and holistic hearts who guide youth through multi-hour, activity-based sessions that help them increase their sense of empowerment, strengthen their resiliency, expand their self image and reduce their vulnerability to stress and depression.