Mental Health Matters Month, Continued…Recovery Through Work & Community

After recently upgrading the office phone system, HMC took the opportunity to donate our previous phone system hardware to an incredibly inspirational local non-profit organization known as the Putnam Clubhouse. HMC Team members received a personal tour of this impressive facility in Concord and were amazed at the breadth of services offered by this group of dedicated and passionate individuals. Their motto is, “We believe each person with a mental illness can rebuild a meaningful and productive life.”

More than 10,000 residents are hospitalized for a severe mental illness in Contra Costa County each year. Adults recovering from mental illness yearn to participate in society in meaningful and productive ways. That's why The Contra Costa Clubhouses, Inc. started Putnam Clubhouse in 2008.

Three out of four people with a mental illness report having experienced stigma.

Stigma unfairly robs them of the opportunities that define a good quality of life: employment, safe housing, and satisfactory health care, to name only a few. The Clubhouse is a special place that helps adults in Contra Costa County coping with mental illness regain their lives. Free of charge to program participants, they offer a network of support—including access to employment, education, healthcare, social services, and friendship—in a structured, welcoming environment that leaves the stigma of mental illness behind. Members learn and improve vocational and social skills while working together to run all aspects of the Clubhouse—everything from clerical to cooking, governance to fundraising.

Putnam Clubhouse members (program participants), staff, board members, friends and community partners will gather on Friday, May 17, 2019 to clean up a corridor of Willow Pass Road in Concord, CA. The clean-up campaign, Sweep Away Stigma, will bring the community together to raise awareness about the negative impact of stigma on people living with a mental illness while helping beautify Putnam Clubhouse’s neighborhood. Awards for the top clean up team and individual will be presented by Concord Mayor Carlyn Obringer. Visit for more information about this event which will raise funds to support Putnam Clubhouse programs, or Contact Executive Director Tamara Hunter at (925) 691-4276 for more information.

Other Mental Health Matters resources:

National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)