Local RISE offices seek community input on mental health support

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Counselors at the Winters and Esparto RISE, Inc. offices have put out a community survey to assess any interests in participating in supportive group spaces.

Christine Carlisle, Waggoner Elementary Mental Health Clinician, and Josh Ellis, Esparto High School Mental Health Therapist, posted the survey link on the RISE Esparto-Winters social media page last week.

The two-question survey gauges interest in attending a Supporting Parents Group, and asks for other topics of interest community members would like support in. Community members can take the survey now through the end of July on the Rise Esparto-Winters Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/risewinters.esparto.

Both Carlisle and Ellis emphasized that they are in the planning stages to see if there is an interest in the community for having this kind of supportive space and no groups have yet been created at this time.

The RISE mental health program is heading into its third year. It’s primary focus is to have mental health therapists in the local schools as full-time staff members. Carlisle said they were inspired from their work with students to reach out to find out how else they can provide support in the community.

“With COVID-19, schools shutting down, disruption in daily routines, uncertainty regarding the future, among many other challenges, parents are under a lot of stress. One way that we can support our students is by supporting the parents,” Carlisle said. “We believe that having a supportive nonjudgmental space to talk with other parents, share ideas and information, and receive support will not only benefit the parents, but their children as well.”

The RISE Mental Health Program currently has full time staff at Waggoner Elementary in Winters and at the elementary, middle and high schools in Esparto. Carlisle said they also work with adults and children who have Beacon Partnership, and Kaiser Beacon in Winters and Esparto. 

“We want to support the mental health of our community and we need your help to know what you want and need,” Carlisle said.

The survey will be open and available to take through July 31. After it closes, community members interested in mental health services for themselves or curious about other mental health options with RISE Inc. should contact their local RISE office.

For more information on community services available through RISE, Inc. visit https://www.riseinc.org/.

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