Thursday, July 19 , 2018, 4:02 pm | Fair 76º


Mental Wellness Center Extends Family Advocate Hours for Community Members

Service offers community access to information, support and resources.

Family members of individuals living with a mental illness encouraged to contact the family advocate for information, education and support
The Mental Wellness Center has extended the hours of its family advocate, offering everyone in the community access to information, support and resources related to mental health for a family member or loved one.
“At whatever point along the mental-health spectrum you find yourself or your family, the most important thing to know is that you are not alone,” said Annmarie Cameron, CEO of the Mental Wellness Center.

Family advocate, Ramona Winner Click to view larger
Family advocate, Ramona Winner (Mental Wellness Center)

“Our family advocate is here to meet the needs of family members, significant others or caregivers of those living with a mental illness as they navigate what can often be a difficult and confusing time," she said. "Our advocate is committed to helping family members every step of the way.”

Family members seeking information, guidance, or resources for treatment are encouraged to contact the family advocate.  
The Mental Wellness Center’s family advocate is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with new extended hours on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. (by appointment).

Individuals can reach the family advocate by phone at 884-8440 ext. 3206 or in person on the second floor of the Mental Wellness Center, 617 Garden St. in Santa Barbara. Services are offered to the community free of charge. Spanish-language services also are available.

For more information about the Mental Wellness Center, call 884-8440 or visit

The Mental Wellness Center is a private, nonprofit organization providing recovery, education and support services for individuals affected by mental illness including youth, adults, families and the community.

Daniella Alkobi for the Mental Wellness Center


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >