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Vanessa Watt, MFT

Vanessa Watt, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults

"Are you feeling depressed, anxious, struggling with low self-esteem, engaging in self-defeating behaviors, stuck in your relationships or simply not where ..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94104

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Therese Connolly, LCSW

Therese Connolly, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Clinical Social Work, Social Work

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"In my practice, A Mindful Family I help children, teens and parents create more compassion, kindness and resilience within their families. If you are won..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94123

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Jim Christrup, LCSW

Jim Christrup, LCSW

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I help people who are struggling with feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, panic, stress, self-criticism, shyness, social anxiety, and depressed moods. And I..." read more

Daniel McCracken, MA, MFT, Licensed Psychotherapist

Daniel McCracken, MA, MFT, Licensed Psychotherapist

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"I offer psychotherapy in a safe environment, and my approach is compassionate, practical, and encouraging. My goal is to help you develop insight into your..." read more

Steven Gemignani, PsyD

Steven Gemignani, PsyD

Verified Credentials

Psychology, Coaching, Counselling

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults, Elders

"I am a therapist and coach who helps people seeking relief from psychological challenges and those seeking insight to live better, fuller lives. Sometimes,..." read more

San Francisco, CA 94102

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Korrie Kashuba, MS, MA, MFTI

Korrie Kashuba, MS, MA, MFTI

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"The wisdom to build a thriving life resides within each of us. My job is to help you uncover obstacles to your unique flow of wisdom and to help you experi..." read more

Rajani Venkatraman Levis, MS, PPS, MFT

Rajani Venkatraman Levis, MS, PPS, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychotherapy, Counseling

Age groups I work with: Teens, Adults, Elders

"It is my honor to help you discover what brings you alive and encourage you on your journey to wholeness. Using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocess..." read more

Erin Mullin, Ph.D.

Erin Mullin, Ph.D.

Verified Credentials

Psychology

Age groups I work with: Children, Teens, Adults

"Something is getting in the way of your living the life you want to live. You want to be professionally successful, have good relationships with family an..." read more

Jeremi McManus, MS, MFT

Jeremi McManus, MS, MFT

Verified Credentials

Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling, Coaching

Age groups I work with: Adults

"~ I specialize in Couple's Counseling & Marriage Counseling ~ Feel like you're always fighting? Feeling alone? Unsure where to turn? I will work with bo..." read more

Vanessa B. Tate, MA, MFT

Vanessa B. Tate, MA, MFT

Verified Credentials

Psychotherapy, Other

Age groups I work with: Adults

"I embrace exploration of the whole person - behavior, psychology, mind, and spirit - and know that this holistic approach is a necessary prerequisite to u..." read more

   

San Francisco, California is filled with cultural, artistic, and historical attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and the infamous Alcatraz. With a population of over 800,000 people, the city offers a range of services that aid in meeting the financial, living, and healthcare needs of its citizens. Mental healthcare is a top priority in the city, and with the institution of the Mental Health Services Act, Proposition 63, which was enacted in 2005, funding has been designated to increase prevention, treatment, and education for those living with mental illness1.

 

Mental Health Statistics
According to the California Department of Mental Health, an estimated 7.2% of youth under the age of 18 in San Francisco County had a serious emotional disturbance in the year 2000, and5.3% of all adults had a serious mental illness2. Further, over 5,000county residents were admitted to a hospital or psychiatric facility for a 72-hour hold from 2008 to 20093, underscoring the need for adequate mental health services in the city.

 

One of the most prevalent mental health issues that affects citizens of San Francisco is substance abuse. Recent estimates from 2005 through 2010 put drug use among those over the age of 12 at nearly 22%, which is significantly higher than the state prevalence of just over 16%. Of all adults in San Francisco, 5.7% had experienced a major depressive episode in the previous year4, again underscoring the importance of intervention and treatment throughout the city.

 

Mental Health Programs
A leader in change, San Francisco prides itself on embracing differences and working hard to create an environment of tolerance, acceptance, and above all else, positive well-being. With that goal in mind, several programs have emerged to meet the varying needs of the citizens, from workplace issues to obsessions and compulsions. These programs include the Suicide Attempters Group;Workplace Wellness;the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Stigma Elimination;the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC);and SOLVE (Sharing Our Lives, Voices and Experiences)5.

 

Striving to Eliminate Mental Illness Stigma
SOLVE6 was designed to eradicate mental illness stigma. SOLVE works with citizens who live with mental health challenges and trains them to become peer educators, encouraging them to share their experiences so that social barriers to treatment can be reduced. Members of the SOLVE Speakers Bureau openly discuss their mental health experiences and the struggles they have faced in the past. They share the hope and the victories they have achieved with those still battling mental illness stigma. The mission of SOLVE is to reduce the shame associated with mental illness and the isolation that results from that shame. By raising community awareness and reducing discrimination, every citizen of San Francisco can find an easier path to mental health treatment.

 

1 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Mental Health Services Act. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/about-us/mhsa/#sthash.YG3QB58Z.dpuf

2 2California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2004). Original prevalence data based on the 2000 census, Estimates of prevalence of persons with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and serious mental illness (SMI), San Francisco county. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/Prevalence_Rates/San%20Francisco/Table1.pdf

3 California Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Mental Health. (2011). Adult 72-hour evaluations and treatments by county fiscal year 2008-2009. Retrieved from http://www.dmh.ca.gov/statistics_and_data_analysis/docs/InvoluntaryDetention_FY08-09/Rep0809_final_rev_21oct11.pdf

4 SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2012). National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006 to 2010. Substance Use and Mental Disorders in the Metro Brief San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont MSA. Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUHMetroBriefReports/NSDUH-Metro-San-Francisco.pdf

5 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Programs. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/programs/#sthash.v8WeHMaL.dpuf

6 Mental Health Association of San Francisco. (2013). Mental Health Association, San Francisco. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthsf.org/