Pride Center’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

Please join us on Thursday, June 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm PST, as we virtually celebrate the San Mateo County Pride Center’s 5- year anniversary milestone event. We will hear from county leaders, community partners, some of our founding team members, and YOU about the impact the Pride Center has made. The celebration will be emceed by none other than Jesus U Bettawork and feature performances by the ever-popular Drag King troupe the Rebel Kings!

Take Control of Your Finances

This program is a mainly do-it-yourself opportunity for anyone with an email, phone and internet access, to improve their personal finance knowledge and skills. While anyone can sign up and participate, only income-qualified San Mateo County residents are eligible to earn cash incentives (up to $1,100.00) for work completed within the program.

In a Crisis or Need Support?

The @StarVistaSMC Crisis Center provides suicide intervention services and programs for San Mateo County residents, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, mobile youth crisis response team, online and text teen crisis support, and educational presentations to the community and schools.

StarVista’s Crisis Center’s website www.sanmateocrisis.org provides a dedicated space to share program services, updates, resources, and more.


StarVista’s Teen Crisis Services consist of an online teen chat and teen text line, which are free, peer-to-peer services that are accessible from http://www.sanmatecrisis.org or by texting 650-747-6463.


StarVista’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline 650-579-0350 offers a safe and confidential place for people to explore feelings, concerns, vent frustrations, clarify problems, and get referrals. Our crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for crisis intervention.

Juneteenth Celebration – June 17

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration “Freedom and Fatherhood” as we walk through the history of free slaves and a panel discussion of the generational impact on today’s fathers.  

This event is hosted by Voices of Recovery in collaboration with the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ African American Community and Spirituality Initiatives.  

This is a virtual event.  Please register in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtd-6vpzstHdaNpjF5uUO9hQmhKF_6YXC4  

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with information to join the event.  

Download the flyer.

Specialized Mobile Crisis Response Service for Youth

StarVista’s Crisis Center now offers a Specialized Mobile Crisis Response Service for youth ages 0-25! The Youth Stabilization, Opportunity, and Support (S.O.S.) Team is a program of @StarVistaSMC Crisis Center in partnership with San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.


The Youth S.O.S. team is designed to respond to children and youth ages 0-25 that are experiencing an escalation of mental and behavioral health symptoms (such as suicidal ideation/intent, self-injurious behaviors, undiagnosed mental health disorders, etc).

Services for the State mandated Family Urgent Response System (FURS), which provides 24-hour crisis response for current and former foster youth and their caregivers, has also been integrated into the Youth S.O.S. team in partnership with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the Human Service Agency, and Juvenile Probation.

To learn more about S.O.S., please visit StarVista.

10th Annual Pride Celebration – June 11

This year’s San Mateo County Pride celebration will take place on Saturday, June 11th, from 11 am to 5 pm at San Mateo Central Park and will have us dancing to amazing musical groups and the tunes of DJ China G. while enjoying the numerous booths filled with resources, support, and information. Also, get ready for our spectacular MC, Jesús U. BettaWork, voted Best Comic by the Bay Area Reporter’s annual Besties Awards in 2018 and 2020. However, that’s not all, this year’s event will hold a children’s space, a space for elders, food trucks, and speakers who have supported the LGBTQ+ community.

The PRIDE Celebration is proud to promote health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ Community, build a sense of community, provide information about behavioral health services, help individuals in marginalized communities seeking services, and provide a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for San Mateo County. We invite you and your family and friends to this year’s event, where we are sure you will have a day filled with smiles, music, laughter, and connection. 

More info at www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.

Take the Cessation Services Survey and Enter To Win a $20 Gift Card!

San Mateo County Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program is conducting a survey to gather feedback on a Cessation Services educational material. Participants can enter a raffle to win a $20 gift card to REI.

This survey is open to San Mateo County residents that use tobacco. This anonymous survey is available in English and Spanish. Take the survey.

BHRS’ ODE Internship Program – Deadline 5/13

The BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. ODE is dedicated to addressing health inequities and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use and supporting wellness and recovery in San Mateo County. ODE works to achieve these goals by promoting cultural humility and competence, which are rooted in principles of
social justice. To learn more about BHRS ODE’s work, visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs/ODE.

More information about the internship in the application below.

Happy AAPI Heritage Month: Updates from the Pacific Islander Initiative

PII Co-Chair, Brittany Afu

This year, BHRS ODE’s Health Equity Initiative, Pacific Islander Initiative (PII) welcomes a returning co-chair, Brittany Afu, who is currently working with long-time partner, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Luci Latu and Brittany have been focusing on rebuilding past partnerships and cultivating new ones to strengthen PII’s membership base.

Some of the initiative’s focus this year has been on COVID outreach – raising awareness around COVID testing, vaccines and linking families to COVID relief programs and services. Other focuses include outreaching for partner events and community classes, sharing information about services and completing community presentations to raise awareness on critical issues affecting the PII community.

Recently, the PII co-chairs presented to a class at UC Berkeley discussing Pacific Islander health disparities and how the initiative and other partnering agencies are developing strategies to address community needs. It is an ongoing effort, and we hope to make community impacts by filling future Parent Project courses, hosting Mental Health First Aid trainings and getting more families connected to needed care.

Blog written by Brittany Afu
Co-Chair of Pacific Islander Initiative of San Mateo County, 


To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative and other health equity initiatives, visit SMCHealth.org/HEI.

The Health Equity Initiatives are funded through BHRS’ Office of Diversity and Equity. For more information click here.

To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative, visit smchealth.org/pacific-islander-initiative.

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