To acknowledge May as Mental Health Awareness Month, Interim Inc. will host a virtual event on May 20 to help shine a light on its support services for local homeless living with mental illness.
The special, one-hour, free Zoom event “Housing, Healing, Hope: The Path from Homelessness to Mental Health” will begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021. The program will be led by emcee Joe Livernois, board president of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Monterey County, a nonprofit that lends support, education and advocacy to families dealing with mental illness. Livernois is also co-founder of the online news platform Voices of Monterey Bay and former executive editor of the Monterey County Herald.
The program will feature Interim, Inc. staff who work with homeless individuals, as well as guest speakers who will share their stories about how Interim, Inc. supported them out of homelessness and into housing and mental health services. Clients will tell their stories about how their mental health diagnosis does not limit their lives.
Since 1975, Interim has upheld its mission to help those in the community with mental illness build productive and satisfying lives. Through the years, Interim’s programs and services have evolved in response to changing needs in the county. It has provided vocational services, crisis beds, outreach programs, social support groups, dual diagnosis programs, short-term crisis services, employment/ education services, resource centers, preventative health care programs, and more. It also promoted community events that increased understanding and compassion for people living with mental illnesses — all while reducing stigma.
For more information on Interim Inc., visit www.interiminc.org.