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Mission San Rafael

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
San Rafael Joe's
931 4th Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
United States of America
1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12:00 to 1:30 PM. Meetings are in person.
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Members of the District 5150 Rotarian Action Group for Mental Health are hosting a newly created Rotary Men’s Support Group.  The focus of the discussion is helping men improve their communication with family and friends.  
The next meeting is November 16 at 6:30pm at 220 N San Pedro Rd in San Rafael at the Church of Latter Day Saints.  The group is facilitated by Dr. Mikol Davis, a clinical psychologist.  For more information contact Jeff Slavitz (415) 310-2410.

Preventing Depression As We Age

It’s not uncommon to know someone who is dealing with depression.  If you’ve never experienced depression, you are rare. What medical research tells us is that depression is widespread and should not be stigmatized. New statistics note that mental health issues including depression affect at least 32.4% of the world’s population. But what is it, exactly? And how can we keep from getting depressed?
Depression is a prevalent and often misunderstood mental health condition that affects millions of adults worldwide. It can be debilitating, but with the right knowledge and support, it is manageable. It is characterized by persistent sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, and a range of physical and emotional symptoms.

What Causes Depression?

The causes are many. Physical triggers, such imbalances in brain chemistry, genetics, and brain injuries to name a few. Stressful life events, trauma, chronic illnesses, or substance abuse can also trigger or exacerbate depression. Low self-esteem, perfectionism, and a history of other mental health conditions may also contribute to depression. A frequent precipitating factor in depression is also chronic pain. Many older adults suffer from chronic pain. It’s important to be mindful of how this can drag you into depression. Avoiding the pitfall will take serious planning and the best of pain management techniques. These include non-traditional pain treatments, meditation, journaling, and consistent emotional support. One danger of traditional pain treatment is narcotic pain medication dependency. Doctors prescribe what they think will help, and it has side effects. They then add more medication to address the side effects. That can lead to other issues and more medication is added. Sometimes the overall result is depression.

How Depression Shows Up

When you get depressed, you may feel persistent sadness or emptiness, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy, fatigue and low energy, and changes in appetite or weight. You may have trouble sleeping either falling asleep or staying asleep or sleeping too much. You may feel hopelessness or helpless to change things. Depressed people often have difficulty concentrating or making decisions. At its worst, depressing leads to thoughts of death or suicide. Depression can be quite serious, and even life-threatening if a person who experiences it does not get the help they need.
The Rotary Mental Action Group is starting a Men's Group to give men a safe place to discuss family and life issues. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Mikol Davis, a clinical psychologist and member of the Mission San Rafael Rotary. The first meeting will be Thursday, Oct 19th at 7pm at the Church of Latter Day Saints at 787 Kendon Lane in Novato. Contact Jeff Slavitz  or Dr. Mikol Davis at 415-459-1203, if interested or have questions. This group is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Novato.
People of Action! Members John Godsey and Ron Leach with a check for $50,000 that was donated last month to the COVID-19 Fund of the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). This is its largest donation in the history of the Club’s Foundation.
About The Trip
This is a rotary service and safari travel experience curated by Melisa Prandi Children Foundation for rotarians and friends of rotary to visit Africa (Uganda) for charity work and an adventure safari experience in the wild. 
Trip Timing: February 2nd-12th, 2023
Trip Address: Uganda
Contact us at Melissa: +1 (415) 300-6762 or
For More Information Contact Nick at: WhatsApp +256 (701) 082-040 or

Rotary offers a unique opportunity to find purpose in life through service. We all often struggle finding creative and meaningful ways to make a difference in our world. Rotary members have made a significant difference to stopping polio throughout the world
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