SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Earthquakes have partnered with CalHOPE, a statewide mental health and wellness campaign sponsored by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). The partnership will focus on promoting and supporting the Quakes Academy with youth mental health and wellness resources. Additionally, CalHOPE branding will be featured on the jersey sleeve of all Quakes Academy teams.
“CalHOPE is honored to partner with the Earthquakes to raise awareness in the Bay Area of vital mental health and wellness resources,” said Dr. Jim Kooler, Special Consultant for DHCS. “We look forward to helping deliver these resources and messages of hope to those in need. CalHOPE’s ‘goal’ is to build community resiliency and help people recover through free outreach, crisis counseling, and support services. CalHOPE and the Earthquakes together can help fans navigate the mental well-being challenges they face by reducing stigma, making it ok to ask for help when you need it. We are particularly pleased to have Earthquakes players on board to serve as positive role models to reach in diverse communities.”
To expand the reach of mental health awareness beyond the Quakes Academy, CalHOPE will be integrated into various custom programming focused on mindfulness and promoting positive mental health lifestyle habits in the greater community.
“We are committed to the mental health and wellness of all our athletes and staff,” said Earthquakes Chief Strategy Officer Ian Anderson. “It’s great to have CalHOPE on our team to help with these important initiatives.”
CalHOPE is run by DHCS to connect people with vital mental health and wellness resources and information to help them find their way during difficult times. CalHOPE offers critical behavioral health crisis counseling programs and uses a public health approach focused on strength-based strategies of building resiliency and connecting people to the support they need. CalHOPE resources may be accessed by calling the program’s warm line at (833) 317-HOPE (4673) or by visiting www.calhope.org.