March 1 – Brian Copeland, “The Waiting Period”

The Waiting Period, Brian CopelandThe Mental Health Association and Health Foundation of San Mateo County present Brian Copeland performing “The Waiting Period,” an inside look at depression and how a conversation can save someone’s life. Stick around after the performance for an ice cream social and informal discussion with Brian Copeland.

When? March 1,  7 p.m.  Where? The theater at Aragon High School

$20 General Admission and $5 Student tickets are available at www.mhasmc.org.
Scholarships are available by calling
650-257-8817.

 

Lived Experience Academy is back

The Lived Experience Academy is training consumers and family members to share their recovery stories in order to empower themselves and others, educate the health system and dispel stigma. Dinner will be provided at every session and those who complete the academy will be awarded a cash stipend. To participate, candidates must complete and return applications to Lee Harrison by Thursday, February 22. Please share the information below with family and friends who may be interested.

Lived Experience Academy Final

What’s Happening in SMC’s LGBTQ+ Community?

PRIDE Center on Spirit Day 2017

Annette photographed second from the right on Spirit Day 10/19/17

As a queer person living in San Mateo County, the monthly Pride Initiative meetings are a haven for me to feel connected to local LGBTQ+ community members. Nothing beats being around a table of beautifully unique and bold community members to talk about the numerous efforts we’re working on to strengthen the sense of LGBTQ+ community in San Mateo County.

 

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PRIDE Initiative, 2011

Founded in 2007, the Pride Initiative is a health equity initiative that was created by the Office of Diversity and Equity in recognition that LGBTQ+ folks are often met with culturally inappropriate care and a lack of knowledge by service providers in health settings. Since 2007, the Pride Initiative has met on a monthly basis to organize community-based events, create trainings for service providers and advocate as a community for more LGBTQ+ services within county and community settings.

One such example is sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collection that will be rolled out this year across BHRS as well as the whole health system; collecting this data will help reduce health disparities experienced by LGBTQ+ folks by normalizing conversations about these aspects of our identities that have a direct impact on our health. Pride Initiative members participated in not only advocating for this, they also contributed to the curriculum that was created to train BHRS staff on how to appropriately serve LGBTQ+ clients and ask SOGI questions with cultural humility.

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February 21 – Trans Talks: Gender Affirming Surgeries

The latest installment of the Trans Talks series, hosted by the San Mateo County Pride Center, will focus on gender affirming surgeries. Check our the post below and share with friends who might be interested.

Tomorrow, 2/13- LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Workshop for Teens

If you’re an LGBTQ+ teen interested in learning about safer sex, stop by the San Mateo Public Library Community Room from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow evening. Check out the Facebook post below for more information.

February 26 – “Torn Apart” Film Screening

The Prevention Training Academy Film Series is featuring “Torn Apart,” a documentary produced by the San Jose Mercury News in 2010 about a San Mateo family’s struggle to stay together. The film shines a light on the experiences of immigrant families and how the organization, Fools Mission, is working to empower and support them. Read more

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