May 12, 2022

Lifeline Highlights the Month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month

One of our resident experts, K Thomas (LPCC, NCC (they/she)) is featured in two interviews discussing the importance of mental health, the services North County Lifeline provides, and information about human trafficking in San Diego County. In the May episode of Oceanside Spectrum KCOT, K discusses the challenges that youth have faced with their mental health, particularly since the onset of the pandemic, and the mission and services North County Lifeline provides. K is also a guest on the Diving into Healing Podcast from the San Diego Psychological Association. The episode gives an introduction to human trafficking and explores definitions of trafficking, common dynamics, local statistics, and how to identify and report an abuse. Please take some time this month to check in with your mental health, as well as those around you. Lifeline has many resources available for youth and families, including referrals to community partners and other organizations.

May 06, 2022

Lifeline Celebrates National Volunteer Month with Annual Volunteer Awards!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of North County Lifeline! This past month of April we had the opportunity to celebrate and highlight the amazing work they accomplished in the last year. Thank you to everyone who attended the Zoom presentation and was able to pick up lunch at the Vista Campus. Thank you to our Title Sponsor who made this event possible: Congratulations to this Year's Award Winners! We appreciate you! Outstanding New Intern Award Winner: Outstanding New Volunteer Award Winner: Happy Lifeliner Award Winner: Team Spirit Award Winner: Mission in Motion Award Winner: Attitude of Gratitude Award Winner: Passion and Purpose Award Winner: Mike Cavataio Volunteer of the Year Award Winner:

Mar 09, 2022

Julia's Story

Julia’s Story Julia is a client of Lifeline’s mental and behavioral health programs. She is still a teenager, but due to her mother’s unfortunate health issues, Julia is now the sole provider for their little family. Thankfully, Julia is a capable and hard-worker who maintains full-time employment. However, she is taking on a lot of responsibility, and just enrolled in community college so she can improve her career options. Over the years, Julia has also worked hard to overcome a history of childhood sexual abuse and multiple family disruptions due to Child Welfare Services involvement. She continues to work with Lifeline to receive the mental health support she needs to process her trauma, build coping skills, and make a better life for herself. Recently, Julia received support from Lifeline to help with food expenses. This allowed her to stretch her budget to purchase school supplies for her upcoming semester instead of worrying about how to budget for the next week’s meals. With support from Lifeline and our generous donors, Julia is looking forward to a successful, self-reliant future.

Mar 05, 2022

Rest Haven Supports Recent Universal Studios & Fleet Science Center Youth Field Trip

Lifeline's Club Crown Heights (CCH) youth had the opportunity to take a field trip to Universal Studios and the Fleet Science Center thanks to the support from grant funder, Rest Haven Children's Health Fund. Field trips like these help provide CCH youth an afterschool outlet that helps build skills and plan for successful futures.

Mar 03, 2022

SDG&E Expands Resources for Youth STEM & Outdoor Outreach Programs

A recent grant from SDG&E supports Club Crown Heights (CCH) youth STEM programs like Outdoor Outreach! Club Crown Heights programs are aligned within a Positive Youth Development model, “Triple E”. Triple E focuses on Education, Employment, and Civic Engagement. In 2016, Club Crown Heights launched a STEM Education Project that encourages students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math subjects. We are grateful for corporate partners like SDG&E who help make programs like this possible.

Feb 16, 2022

Lifeline Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Day - March 4

Lifeline Hosts COVID-19 Vaccination Day & Weekly Testing Lifeline continues to provide BOTH testing and vaccine clinics in partnership with the County of San Diego every Thursday from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at ourVista location (200 Michigan Ave.) In partnership with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and TrueCare, Lifeline will also be hosting asingle-day vaccine clinic on March 4 from 2:00 - 5:30 PM at Lifeline's Vista location (200 Michigan Ave).

Feb 12, 2022

Genentech Helps Bridge STEM Education Gap for Youth

Genentech Helps Bridge STEM Education Gap for Youth Genentech is a longtime and valuable partner of North County Lifeline and Club Crown Heights! The Club Crown Heights STEM Education Project was made possible through the very generous funding that launched the program in 2016. Since then, Genentech has continued to support the program allowing Club Crown Heights to consistently increase the size and the scope of the project which addresses the disparity in STEM education for low-income youth, an issue especially prevalent for Hispanic youth and girls of all ethnicities. Genentech staff volunteer their time, talents, and expertise to the tutoring program, reading groups, and lead STEM educational activities. Additionally, Genentech’s leadership – especially that of Paul Garza, Genentech Director and North County Lifeline Board Member, and Jaime Gonzales Vallejo, Genentech Upstream Manufacturing Supervisor and North County Lifeline Board Member – continue to provide vital support that is enabling Club Crown Heights youth to overcome obstacles, succeed in school, and go on to successful careers. Genentech has continued to provide vital support that makes the Club Crown Heights STEM Education Project possible. Thank you, Genentech!

Feb 10, 2022

Molina HealthCare Food Pantry Provides Weekly Food Distributions

Molina HealthCare Food Pantry Provides Weekly Food Distributions Last summer, Lifeline received a very generous grant that launched the Molina Food Pantry! Since then, Lifeline has been able to provide weekly breakfasts and food distributions to youth experiencing homelessness. Lifeline is grateful for partners like Molina Healthcare for their support as we provide critical services to our neighbors in need! In addition to establishing a new food pantry, the MolinaCares’ grant supports other services the drop-in center offers, including crisis intervention, basic needs, housing placement, and access to showers, laundry, and computers. “Having the MolinaCares Food Pantry at our drop-in center will provide much-needed nutrition for transitional youth and young adults currently experiencing homelessness or at-risk for homelessness,” said Donald Stump, executive director at North County Lifeline. “Through this generous grant, the center will provide youth with nutritional snacks, hot meals, food boxes, and gift cards for groceries.”

Feb 01, 2022

VITA Tax Assistance Available Through April 12

Lifeline Offers Clients & Community Members FREE Tax Assistance VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) provides free tax preparation and electronic filing services to North County households with less than $57,500 annual income. In 2021, 21 VITA preparers dedicated 870 hours to help file 223 tax returns for low- and moderate-income residents - returning more than $468,000 to our community. In agreement with COVID-19 measures, Lifeline’s VITA program conducted all-volunteer training online and will offer tax preparation drop-off services and virtual appointments to the public beginning February 2022 running through April 12. For community members, all scheduling is done through 211. Current Lifeline clients can contact our Tax Line at760-509-3430 or email Click HERE to view a virtual postcard created by 211 that contains additional information. Below are a few screening questions for eligibility:

Jan 28, 2022

5 Tips for Managing Mental Health in 2022

5 Tips for Managing Mental Health in 2022 Image credit: Pexels As January comes to a close, you may look back over the month and see you experienced the after "holiday blues" – medically known as seasonal affective disorder. And you're not alone, as according toan article on Forbesseasonal affective disorder is experienced by over 6% of the population or 19 million Americans. To them, the new year finds them “sinking into depression as the season's change”. Some symptoms include sudden changes in weight, appetite, and behavior. Bouts of irritability and fatigue are common. You may even find that you no longer enjoy activities like you used to. Yet there's so much to celebrate this year. Let’s talk through some quick tips to help you step into February refreshed. Accept how you feel The first, and probably the most important, step you need to take is to recognize your feelings. By acknowledging that any feelings of sadness are normal and can be dealt with, you can take the initiative and get to the root of your distress. You can then work toward healing. For example, if you are feeling burnt out, consider taking time for self-care instead of signing up for another friend or family function. A walk in the park or by the beach can help re-center and refresh you. A small action like this can significantly prevent negative emotions, like anxiety, from surfacing. Revamp your lifestyle Image credit: Pexels Exercise, sleep, and diet are the three pillars of good mental health, and the good news is you can start out small. Anything that helps you move (like walking) is good, as is eating processed foods less often and incorporating a variety of grains, nuts, produce, and protein into your meals. Finally, did you know that sleep quality outranks everything else in improving mental health?A post on celebrity sleep schedules by Unfold Todayshows that 76% of the most successful celebrities, like Jennifer Lopez and Tom Brady, sleep at least 7 hours a night. This is because 7 hours is the recommended time of sleep by the National Sleep Foundation for the betterment of your physical and mental wellbeing. If it's difficult to change your current routine or get the recommended hours of sleep a night, the simplest thing you can do is keep blue light-emitting gadgets away from the bedroom so they won't disturb your natural sleep cycle. Prioritize connections When you start feeling down, talk to someone about it. Whether done in person or online, this can relieve stress and, according toresearch from the University of North Carolina, can even extend your lifespan. Meanwhile, if your blues stem from isolation, find a way to spend more time with your loved ones. North County Lifeline can help! Check out our variety of services that support, youth, adults, and families on their journey towards self-reliance. Consider therapy If you feel these preliminary steps aren't helping, consider seeking professional help. Given the stigma, this may be a daunting prospect to some. However, thisSymptomFind list of mental health advocatesfrom the sporting world emphasizes how life-changing it can be. The most notable name on the list is arguably Simone Biles. The world's best gymnast admitted to initially resisting therapy due to the stigma. Once she embraced the practice, she found it to be a safe space that helped her process her emotions better. Lifeline’s blog post entitledKatie's Storyattests, therapy can help you in a similar manner as well by improving your happiness, relieving your stress, and equipping you with the skills you need to navigate life more effectively. You can also view Lifeline’s Behavioral Health services on our website as well. Be kind to yourself Image credit: Pexels Finally, don't be too hard on yourself. There are things that will be out of your control. Omicron may prevent you from seeing sorely missed relatives during Christmas. Trips and reservations might fall through. Though nothing can be done about these situations, what you can change is how you handle them emotionally. Be grateful for what you have and what may happen. In this season of kindness, the first person you need to be kind to is yourself — and the first thing you need to prioritize is your mental health. Article contributed by Rosey Justine Exclusively for North County Lifeline