Mental Health Mondays

A warm Welcome from CHOW

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Welcome to our new BLOG!

We are so excited to expand our organization’s effort to share resources, experiences and stories.

We are so excited to share this new feature of our website with you. As an organization deeply committed to wellness and recovery, we aim to share relevant information with our followers to support their journeys. Consider this your one stop shop to search for opportunities to invest in your wellness today!

So, what is CHOW up to this week?

Giving Tuesday: Give Back to Those Who Serve You.

For the month of December, our goal is to raise $10.000 in donations. We know that #givingtuesday is a global generosity movement that aims to unleash the power of people and organizations in transforming their communities through donations. Reaching our monetary goal will enable us to establish another weekly CHOW meeting. Our weekly CHOW meetings are a safe and brave place for service industry professionals to come share their journeys to wellness and recovery. Studies show that discussions have a transformative effect on individuals by improving their quality of life, empowering people to make the best decisions, and strive towards their goals.

Our meetings are attended by a Peer Support Specialist, a person who has walked the path of recovery from mental illness/substance use disorder and is trained to assist others in their journey of recovery. Our Peer Support Specialists are available to offer additional support and resources to attendees. To keep our meetings and discussion groups free and accessible to all, we rely on individual donations.

Donate to our cause today to support our community’s goal to expand our meetings!

Speaking of meetings…

CHOW group discussions are open to all – chefs, servers, bussers, bartenders, owners, suppliers, farmers, writers, dishwashers, and industry veterans. You can join us on Zoom or in person!

What can you expect from a meeting? Our meetings have been described as a “post shift hang out without the drinks”. We usually have a theme for our discussions, a temperature take as an emotional check-in, and whatever discussion ensues. Our meetings are confidential and participation is not mandatory! Feel free to join in and share or just listen.

What else?

Let’s talk about our AMUSE Mental Health Training!

Every month, we offer SIX hours of FREE Mental Health Training, offered on a four week rotation. For the month of December, we will be offering this training EVERY MONDAY from 9-10:30AM MST.

What can you expect?

  • Week One:

How are you, really? We’ll take a look at workplace balance and wellness and setting goals.

  • Week Two:

How do we recognize when someone is struggling in the workplace? By Mainting Interest in Someone Else (MISE) we can support ourselves and others more efficiently.

  • Week Three:

Recovery is personal. What does it mean to you? We will shed light on some myths about recovery and offer a variety of resources.

  • Week Four:

How do you assert your needs in the workplace? We will identify communication styles that can make the industry a safer and saner place to be.

Register for our FREE Mental Health training at

Check out our collection of community events for this week:

Voces Unidas for Justice believes in La Cultura Cura (Culture Cures), so this program is made by the people and for the people. The Healing Justice in Recovery Project aims to help disentangle generational trauma as well as oppression that has historically been placed on individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a Person of Color.

FREE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP: Lisa Smith is offering a free Family Support group for 3 weeks starting December 1.   Holidays are a difficult time of year for families who love someone struggling with substance use disorder and this will be a place to connect, process and receive support.  

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NCSACW is excited to share a new three-part series of technical assistance briefs: How States Serve Infants and their Families Affected by Prenatal Substance Exposure. 

You can join us for a free three-part Learning Exchange to explore each brief. The sessions feature subject matter experts and professionals from several states that currently implementing innovative policies and practices that support families affected by prenatal substance exposure. 

Brief 1: Identification and Notification summarizes steps states taken to implement the 2016 Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) amendments to the Child Abuse
and Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA). The amendments focus on changes to state statutes, establishing a difference between notification and reporting to Child Protective Services, and developing shared definitions to identify and serve these families.

Brief 2: Plan of Safe Care Data and Monitoring reviews states’ systems- and case-level strategies for monitoring Plans of Safe Care (POSC) and fulfilling the amended annual data reporting requirements in CAPTA. This brief also highlights innovative ways states and local communities monitor POSC for infants and families without open child welfare cases.

Brief 3: Lessons from Implementation of Plans of Safe Care provides an overview of the progress, knowledge, and experience states have gained since the passage of the CARA amendments to CAPTA. The three highlighted lessons include promoting systems collaboration, reducing stigma, and using data to implement effective policies and practices. 

Register at:


The Sozosei Foundation is pleased to invite you to the
Second Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness.

December 13-15, 2021

The Sozosei Summit is a global event that brings together experts, thought-leaders, people with lived experience, medical professionals, lawyers, judges, advocates, artists, and funders to collaborate, create, and explore pathways to decriminalize mental illness with a particular focus on 988, the new national mental health crisis telephone line, due to go live in July 2022.

This year, the Summit will be held from December 13-15, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Portions of the Summit will also be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we shall follow health and safety protocols each day of the Summit. These protocols are described in greater detail on our full registration page.

Register at:

Tune in soon for more community updates!

The industry is tough … Let’s talk about it.

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