By Ginny Nyholm, Mental Health Outreach Coordinator
Spring has been in full blossom with colorful flower beds all over whenever I find the time to observe and smell the flowers. Beautiful out there, indeed.
On March 20th, Jessica Johnson, MFT and I provided a community education workshop at Oxnard Public Library in Oxnard. Ward Nyholm was the community member who gave a fabulous and yet simple presentation on his mental health issue. Only two people showed up at that workshop.
We had a successful run with the oversight task force meeting on March 21 in the Jury Meeting Room at the Government Center in Ventura. The meeting was very productive with the reports I gave for the past months and the invaluable input from the members.
On March 28, we led a sensitive and emotional discussion on the implications of bullying after having the animated and separate ice breaker versions of the Rumor Game with the children and adults respectively. We felt that we needed to continue the discussions on bullying so we will have a Part 2 of the workshop on April 25 to have a panel of deaf and hard of hearing teenagers and young adults and discuss how to prevent the bullying from spreading exponentially. Keep an eye out on the next announcement via the flyer and Facebook. We extend a big round of waving hands to the families, Erin Yastuake, Adriana Nino and our Sign Language volunteer interpreter Kate Pussehl for being a part of the March 28 communication workshop.
Change is a part of life either as a surprise or a shock. Adjustment disorder is a mental health disorder which occurs within three months. It comes with the type of stresses that can strongly trigger such as:
Losing or changing a job
Passing of a loved one
Going through a major (big) change such as marriage or having a new baby
Victim of a natural disaster such as a flood or a fire
Depression, sadness, crying, or no energy are several symptoms of this disorder. The list goes on and on. It can happen to a young child or an older adult but these issues can be reduced through therapy, support groups, and/or medication. It is never too late to get some support for this disorder.