Mental Health Symposium in May- Join Us!

Join us for an educational symposium focused on mental health, research, and the experience of people in our community living with mental illness.  Friends of Caminar contributing to the discussion include:


Stephen Hinshaw, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Vice-Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco.  Dr. Hinshaw has authored over 280 publications and 14 books, including The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness where he provides practical strategies for overcoming stigma through enlightened social policies.  He is a leader in the field of developmental psychopathology and his research focuses on clinical interventions, and mental illness stigma, with specialization in ADHD.

Manpreet Singh, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development) at Stanford University.  Dr. Singh is currently conducting research in the phenomenology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and genetic aspects of bipolar disorder in children.

Vikaas Sohal, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco where he conducts pioneering research using optogenetics, a radically new technology, to unravel how neurons connect in circuits, how they behave abnormally in psychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, and the implications of his research for treatment approaches.

Brandon Staglin

A leading mental health advocate, graduate of Dartmouth College, and Board Director of International Mental Health Research Organization (One Mind Institute).  Brandon was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 1990.  He and his family host an annual Music Festival for Brain Health at the Staglin Family Winery which has raised $157 million to fund brain health research and discoveries.


Steven Adelsheim, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  Dr. Adelsheim is a national leader in developing and implementing early detection and intervention programs for young people, including programs for depression, anxiety, and prodromal symptoms of psychosis.

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Promoting Positive Mental Health in 2015

The stress and strain of daily life can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental state of being. Maintaining mental health is just as important as maintaining physical health.  It is crucial to learn strategies and activities to help alleviate these stressors in your life. By taking the right steps today, you can keep your good mental health through 2015 and beyond. Here are some activities you can do to keep the mind fresh and active for the good of your mental health.

Take Time Out for You

Focusing too much on work or any single activity can be quite draining after a period of time. So, find ways to take breaks so you can enjoy your hobbies, activities or projects that you enjoy doing. Whether it is taking a walk in the park, playing a game, drawing pictures or just playing with your pets, this is an excellent way to provide yourself with a great mental break.

Exercise & Eat Right

Proper exercise promotes health in all the organs in your body, including the brain. Be sure that you have some type of physical activity that you can engage in daily such as walking, jogging or even dancing. What we put into our bodies can have an effect on the way we feel. Many studies link good eating habits with strong mental health, so be sure to eat proper, balanced meals.

Build Relationships

While it is definitely important to take time out for yourself, it is equally important to have meaningful relationships with others. Whether it is your partner, child, friends or other family members, finding quality time to share positive experiences with them can be beneficial to your mood.

Challenge (But Don’t Overwhelm) Yourself

Set goals, and accomplish them. If you set a large goal, divide that up into smaller parts. Little steps really add up in the long run!

Channel Your Stress

Stress takes both a physical and mental toll, so you will need to know how to deal with stress before it overwhelms you. Take a time out, learn to meditate, exercise, breathe properly, write in a journal or engage in any activity that can break the cycle of stress in your life.

Give Back

Helping others is a very powerful tool in boosting self-esteem. Volunteering at a local non-profit or staying a few extra minutes after class to help a friend with homework will not only positively impact others, it will play a beneficial role in your life as well.

Get Help When You Need It

At some point, all of us need help so don’t be afraid to ask for it. It is during our time of deepest need that getting help may actually save you from making decisions that are not in your best interest. Keep in mind that asking for a little help early may actually save you from asking for more help later.

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Joyce Cooling is Donating 50% of the Proceeds From Her New Song to Caminar


Joyce Cooling has a new holiday song out and she’s generously donating 50% of proceeds to Caminar. Please help support Joyce and Caminar by purchasing the song on iTunes or Amazon. Thank you!


Joyce Cooling is a San Francisco-based jazz guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has recorded seven albums – five of which charted on Billboard magazine. She has to her credit two No. 1 singles, six Top-10 and 13 charting radio singles in all and has garnered multiple music awards including the Gibson Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year and Best New Talent in the Jazziz Reader’s Poll. She was a nominee for the California Music Awards, the Oasis Awards, and the Gavin Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Year.

Cooling has performed with Joe HendersonStan GetzMark MurphyAl Jarreau, and Charlie Byrd among other luminaries. The Christmas Song, with Lee Ritenour, and her original single, It’s Feeling Like Christmas, complete her discography. She’s donating half the proceeds of her new song The Holiday’s On to Caminar.

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Silicon Valley Gives Coundown to May 6th, 2014

Caminar is proud to be a participant in this year’s Silicon Valley Gives Day on May 6th. More about SVGives:

“Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host the first-ever day of giving to benefit every nonprofit organization in our region, an event aimed at inspiring and uniting our local community to support philanthropic causes.

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of community foundations, SVCF will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a great way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action. This event will provide an opportunity for donors of all different capacities to be involved and will provide invaluable trainings to a broad range of nonprofit organizations.

One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort will give the community foundation the opportunity to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits – and make a difference to people’s lives here in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Benito counties.

This giving day is supported by Razoo, the world’s fastest-growing crowdfunding site for causes. Razoo is committed to creating a more generous world.”