Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work

First Advisor

Thomas Rogers


Mental health is an ongoing issue that affects millions of individuals each year. Mariposa Wellness Center is an agency within Community Connections that provides various services and support for individuals seeking treatment. Mariposa Wellness Center is a program located in the city of Watsonville. Mariposa Wellness Center aids struggling adults who suffer from mental health issues, addressing increased needs in Santa Cruz County due to the pandemic, stigma, and limited healthcare access. A mental health condition involves changing moods, behaviors, and emotions. Mental health illness requires treatment, and without treatment, it can lead to major and significant consequences such as having a dysfunctional family, homelessness, alcohol, and substance abuse. The outreach will be performed at a community event, such as the local farmers' market. The outcome of this outreach will be to raise awareness, educate, and receive more incoming referrals, which will allow Mariposa Wellness Center to provide adequate treatment.