Sereno Group Presents $20,000

Sereno Group GiftDuring the months of January through April 2016, Sereno Group Real Estate and its Los Gatos agents contributed 1% of their gross commissions to the Momentum For Mental Health fund. This morning Momentum was presented with a $20,000 check as a result of this campaign effort. This contribution directly supports our Youth and Family services. Sereno Group Image

Thank you Sereno Group for your dedicated commitment to making a positive difference in our community. Your support of our programs and services is deeply appreciated!

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Happy Mothers Day

To My Children2Being a mother can be a huge challenge and delicate juggling act no matter who you are. For mothers coping with a mental illness this challenge can be amplified.

There are times when functioning will be compromised when living with that mental illness. Yet it is important to understand that this doesn’t mean that a healthy family is out of reach. Knowing more about the illness, its triggers and cycles will help to navigate life’s daily schedule and activity.

One significant barrier to receiving support is stigma because our society has a tendency to hold negative beliefs and attitudes about mental illness. In addition, stigma also increases the pressure on parents to be the perfect caregiver. Learning to live with a mental illness can be key. It is not about fixing fancy meals each night or having a spotless home but letting your kids know you love them and facing illness with courage says a lot more about what kind of mother you truly are.

Read this story to meet a mother a who has dealt with anxiety for as long as she can remember. As exhausting as it can be at times to live with a mental illness this mother finds hope through the smiles, hugs and optimism of her children.

To this mother and all the mothers who may be coping with a mental illness please know that you are not alone. Your hope, courage and love inspires us ALL, each and every day.

We wish you a happy, happy Mother’s Day!

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding ARebuilding Together-Silicon Valley believes everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Through a vast network of volunteers, corporate sponsors, and sub-contractors critical home repairs are provided. Rebuilding B

Many thanks and much appreciation to the San Jose Water Company for sponsoring this day of rebuilding! We further thank ALL the wonderful volunteers for contributing their time and expertise.

These individuals came together on Saturday, April 23rd to improve conditions at a resident’s home located in San Jose. Momentum’s President and CEO, David K. Mineta along with Property Manager, Mary Angel were designated paint duties right beside other volunteers.

Exterior painting, landscape planting and improvements to the asphalt driveway were just a few of the project tasks completed. At the end of the day, the home beautifully reflected the care and love that many volunteers generously expended on it.

President Obama Taking More Steps to Address the Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Epidemic

Today, as part of his efforts to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, the President will join individuals in recovery, family members, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. Obama

At the event, he’ll take questions from Justin Luke Riley, President of the Young People in Recovery group.

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Story of Recovery

At just 14-years-old, Audrey was taken to Emergency Psychiatric Services (EPS) when her school’s therapist noticed cut marks on her arms, a response to being sexually abused two years prior. The next nine years were rough; between Audrey’s mother’s belief that her daughter was not in need of mental health treatment and getting heavily involved in addictive stimulants, Audrey’s life took a turn for the worse. “When I was 16, I thought I was hearing God,” she said. “Once I started doing drugs, that’s when I started seeing things and hearing things that weren’t there. Drugs definitely induced [my symptoms of schizophrenia].” Around the age of 23, Audrey became fed up with the way her life was going. After doing some research about various programs in the area and trying out their services, Audrey felt fortunate that Momentum’s Youth and Family Services program was able to provide her with the help and resources she needed.  Read more

Alberto Ruiz

Alberto Ruiz spends a lot of his free time in the studio, recording Christian gospel rap music under his label Alby Paz Records. Alby believes there is something therapeutic about expressing emotions and thoughts with a hypnotic beat in the background. “Deep, impactful music draws attention to a poetic or emotional story,” Alby says. In […]

Red Kettle Luncheon

The Salvation Army began it’s Red Kettle Campaign 124 years ago today, in 1891. Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle […]

Silicon Valley Suicides

Image by Brian L. Frank | Atlantic: Hanna Rosin – December 2015 | The Silicon Valley Suicides: Atlantic National Correspondent Hannah Rosin shared her research and stories collected in a December cover story on suicide. Taylor Chiu, who recently spoke at Momentum’s Mental Health fundraiser on October 23rd, was one of the stories shared. 

Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day – the Nation’s day to take a pause to appreciate everyone who has ever served in uniform. At Momentum we are fortunate to have colleagues who have answered the call for military service. I’d like to highlight five team members as a thank you to all of Momentum’s employees […]

National Night of Conversation

Why an empty plate? Momentum is supporting Dr.Mehmet Oz,, and others across our nation to fill our plate with dinner conversation to get families talking about the impact of drugs.