September 30, 2020


August 31, 2020

JULY 2020 – Wellness Center Central – Suggestion Box Comments and Responses

Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions! We, MAB and staff, have tried our best to comment on each suggestion/comment to meet your needs.  Please let staff or a MAB member know if your question/comment has not been answered and/or addressed. Thank you!


“Can we have groups or activities on Saturday when the center opens?”

  • Thank you for your suggestion. When cleared by Orange County health Care Agency to open for in person services, our plan is to gradually increase our daily operation, this will eventually include returning to Saturday services.

 “Can I submit my art for MHSA calendar?”

  • Unfortunately, we cannot collect art at this time, due to Covid-19 pandemic. We are in the process of developing our next year’s art calendar based on the art of the previous three years. Thank you!

 “Can you add Music Academy every week to the WCC Calendar?

  • We will discuss and consider your suggestion to add Music Academy to our weekly calendar.

 “Can you add Ukulele Group to the calendar?”

  • Great Suggestion! We will contact those members who facilitated the Ukulele Group at the Center to see if they are interested in providing this group online.

“Will there be a NAMI Walk this year?”   

  • Yes, NAMI is providing the NAMI Walk this year virtually due to Covid-19 pandemic. Please see our website blog for more details or contact our main line (714) 361-4860 for more information. Thank you!

How can I register for Virtual Camp Fire from Mountain Respite Camp?

  • Please visit our website at www.wellnesscenteroc.com/blog for more information or call (714) 361-4860 for more details. Thank you!

How can I refer my friend to join our online groups?

  • We welcome those who meet our centers criteria’s;

         Must be 18 years old

         Live in Orange County

         Be receiving or have received Mental Health Services.

If they qualify for all three of these, they can call (714) 361-4860 or go to www.wellnesscenteroc.com.
Can we do some of our activities outside when the Center opens?

Excellent suggestion! Yes, we will utilize our facility to include some of our activities and groups outside when appropriate. Thank you!

Staff Kudos

Thank you to all staff for providing me with these online groups! I really enjoy the groups and this is something that I really need for my mental health right now.

  • Thank you so much for the compliment.

I want to thank you for inviting the Yoga instructor to provide us with yoga exercise online.

  • You’re welcome! We are happy to be able to provide this group to our members online!

Please call 714-361-4860 to talk with Sohail or email him at Sohail.Eftekharzadeh@pathways.com if you have any further comments, suggestions, questions or other concerns.


National Suicide Prevention Month – September 2020

**If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.**

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. September marks the month that we create awareness and strengthen the fight against suicide. This is incredibly important as nationally we aim to decrease suicide by 20% over the next 7 years. Let’s all take time to spark some necessary conversations!

Fast Facts:

We lose over 800,000 people per year due to suicide.
Suicide is the 10th biggest cause of death worldwide.
2 of the leading factors that contribute to suicide are isolation and feeling like a burden.
90% of those who die by suicide had a diagnosed psychiatric disorder at the time of their death.
You are not alone!

Warning Signs: It’s important to look out for specific signs that may signify suicidal ideation or thoughts in yourself, your friends, or your family members. Below is a list of behaviors that may lead to or signify signs of depression and can be used to identify those in need of help.

Reckless behavior
Withdrawal from normal activities
Increased anxiety or agitation
Changes in sleeping patterns
Feeling hopeless, helpless, depressed, or desperate
Increased substance use/abuse
What Can I Do?

Help spread the word! Getting the message out about Suicide Prevention month is incredibly important as we fight to break the stigma against mental illness. Celebrating Suicide Prevention should be adapted by all people and normalized in our society.

Be Informed! Understanding warning signs, prevention strategies, and even how to talk about mental illness and suicide is extremely vital. Having the necessary information to help either yourself or someone you love can help save a life (or multiple!)

Ask direct questions! Reaching out to someone regarding mental health can be daunting, but it is really important that we are checking in on our loved ones from time to time. If you are worried about a friend or a family member, please ask them if they have considered harming themselves or if they are experiencing any suicidal ideation.

Listen! Most, if not all, people really need someone to hear their thoughts and feelings. Listening in closely to the words that your friends or family members are saying can be extremely telling to the way they are feeling on the inside. Think about how good it feels when you have someone’s full attention, and try to do the same for someone else.

Show Your Support! Tell a loved one that you love them, call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while, reach out to your cousin who just went through a breakup, etc. Whatever you have to do, make sure you are showing people that you care about them and that you appreciate having them in your life. You never know when someone might be fighting an inner battle that you know nothing about solely because you haven’t asked them.


Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255
Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Substance Abuse Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

Self-Harm Textline: Text “Connect” to 741741

August 4, 2020


October 6, 2020

The next song for Music Academy is Hotel California by the Eagles, below are the lyrics for you!

Hotel California


On a dark desert highway
Cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas
Rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance
I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinkin' to myself
'This could be heaven or this could be hell
Then she lit up a candle
And she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor
I thought I heard them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California
Any time of year (any time of year)
You can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted
She got the Mercedes Benz, uh
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys
That she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard
Sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember
Some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain
"Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since 1969"
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California
Such a lovely place (such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face
They livin' it up at the Hotel California
What a nice surprise (what a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling
The pink champagne on ice
And she said, "We are all just prisoners here of our own device"
And in the master's chambers
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives
But they just can't kill the beast

Last thing I remember
I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax", said the night man
"We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave"

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Glenn Lewis Frey / Don Felder / Donald Hugh Henley
Hotel California lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

September 24, 2020


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August 17, 2020


Trans Pride OC is coming back for not 1, but 3 days in September!

Saturdays @11A -2P PST  
⭐️ Spread Love on 9/12; ⭐️ Spread Education on 9/19; ⭐️ Spread Awareness on 9/26

Event Registration


Get your ticket now and you could win one of our fun prizes! Plus, proceeds help fund future Trans-led events.

HOW: Click button below to purchase ticket(s) by making a donation gift, including in "Additional Comments" that this gift is for Trans Pride Raffle. 

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COSTS: Tickets go for $2 a ticket or $10 for 6 tickets. 

 🎶Music & Art Hosted by NAMI Orange County



October 28, 2020

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October 23, 2020

August 5, 2020

Hi everyone 😊,

Alex here, I want to start off saying that I miss you all and most of all, miss dancing with you during our fun events; but that doesn't mean we still can't do it while we are at home!

This month we would normally be having our Multicultural event, sharing and learning from one another about different cultures. I want to share this video with you all; it is a traditional native dance. I shared this video in Let's Get Moving: Exercise. You will see women dressed in beautiful outfits while they dance and they will show you how to do a simple dance. At the end of the video you will meet the women in their outfits, which tribe they are representing, and their preferred style of dancing.


October 5, 2020



October 2, 2020


Register for our team, the Wellness Walkers, here: https://www.namiwalks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=40359


September 14, 2020

Wellness Center Central                                     Sohail Eftekharzadeh, Program Director (714) 361-4860

September 16, 2020

The next Music Academy is on September 24th, 2020 at 11:15am with our contractor Pat. Below is the music sheet you’ll be working from. Happy practicing!