4/23 – 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

2018 MHAM Proclamation

2018 Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

It’s that amazing lime green time of year again! The 2019 May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) is one week from kicking off!

Show your support throughout the month of May by:

  • Attending an event (see calendar of events)
    • Join us for our annual Board of Supervisors Proclamation at 400 County Center in Redwood City on Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:00am. 
    • If you cannot attend in person, there will be a livestream available here: https://sanmateocounty.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
  • Wearing lime green throughout the month of May
  • Share the BeTheOneSMC photo gallery with your network or submit a photo with a pledge of your own”
  • Using hashtags #WordsOfWellness & #BetheOneSMC on social media 

For more information on 2019 May Mental Health Awareness Month, please visit the webpage smchealth.org/mentalhealthmonth. For a list of our exciting events happening throughout the month of May, view our calendar of events

Keep following us here throughout the month of May for updates, event highlights, and “words of wellness”!

4/22 – MHSA Steering Committee

Reminder that Mental Health Service Act’s (MHSA) upcoming Steering Committee meeting is this Monday, 4/22 at 3pm.  New members will be joining and having an “Orientation to MHSA” prior to the meeting at 2pm, same location.  All are welcome to attend!

What: MHSA Steering Committee Meeting
When: April 22, 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: County Health Campus, Room 100 (225 37th Ave., San Mateo)

At this meeting we will: 

  • Provide input on the MHSA Plan to spend available one-time revenue
  • Receive an update on new MHSA Innovation funding cycle
  • Hear from current Innovation project, Health Ambassador Program for Youth

Actions: 1) approval of the MHSA Plan to spend one-time revenue and 2) approval of a no-cost one-year extension of current innovation projects, the Health Ambassador Program for Youth and the NMT in an Adult System of Care. 

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May Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.​

This year, we partnered with local agencies and libraries from the San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System to promote over 40 MHAM events (nearly double the amount we hosted last year!) free and open to the public throughout the county. This partnership was formed to bring a national and statewide mental health movement to a local and familiar community space – public libraries. Given this partnership, this year’s MHAM theme is “Words of Wellness” in which we will spread the messages of hope, resiliency and inclusion in our libraries and elsewhere in the community.​


See a complete list of our MHAM Events here!

​Visit the MHAM webpage to learn more.


Tony Hoffman Awards – Nominations Due April 16, 2019

The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Service Awards. This honor is made to individuals, professionals, businesses, and the media who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the San Mateo County community. Recognition is given for public education or advocacy to promote mental health awareness and needs or to address stigma; services to persons with mental illness; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for mental health activities or long-term financial support to mental health programs; working for new mental health legislation; compassionate treatment of persons with mental illness.

Awards will be presented to honorees at the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Commission meeting on May 1, 2019. Deadline for award nominations is April 16, 2019.

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Affordable Housing Unit Breaks Ground in Redwood City

Officials and developers broke ground Thursday on a much needed 67-unit  apartment in North Fair Oaks at 2821 El Camino Real.  The units are expected to become home to veterans, low-income families and those with developmental disabilities. The project leverages a portion of the more than $100 million county officials have committed to affordable housing projects — in large part through the voted-approved sales tax Measure K.  Read the full story in the Daily Journal.

3rd Annual District 5 Together Community Event

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The District 5 Together: Census 2020 will be hosted by San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa, and is being held for its third year at Jefferson High School in Daly City on Saturday, March 30th, 11 am – 4 pm.

The event this year will showcase the greatest “old school” DJs from the late 1980s and ‘90s combined with a younger crop of DJs who are currently emerging in north San Mateo County for entertainment.

It will also be a platform to promote the county’s effort related to Census 2020. We need to ensure that every resident in the county is counted, young and old, so that we secure the federal dollars needed to provide critical health care, public safety and food assistance to those most in need.

The fair will also feature about 50 resource tables from various organizations, county departments and nonprofits to educate the public on various services they may be eligible for. The fair will also feature Irish dancers, a youth orchestra and food prepared by various Jefferson High School clubs. The event is free to the public and is an incredibly family-friendly event.

RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-5-together-census-2020-hosted-by-san-mateo-county-supervisor-david-j-canepa-tickets-57122976360

If you know a non-profit organization or department that should be in our resource table area, direct them to this online form to request a spot: https://goo.gl/forms/xgwTVtSWHqBjOd4C3.

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