Each Mind Matters Self Care Challenge #1: Take Time to Reflect on Your Self-Care Routine | Reto del autocuidado de SanaMente #1: Tome tiempo para reflexionar en tu rutina del autocuidado

As we wrap up one year and begin another, Each Mind Matters invites you to join us in a Self-Care Challenge.
The holidays can be an especially busy time of year, and we sometimes think about self-care as a reward for after you finish all the many things on your list. But self-care isn’t a reward for getting everything done — it is a critical part of the process of getting everything done. Regular self-care prevents burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps you refocus.
In general, self-care falls into three domains: Physical, mental/emotional health, and spiritual health.
Over the next few weeks, these Each Mind Matters will bring an opportunity to try out a self-care practice from one of these three domains and reflect on what kind of self-care plan we might want to build into our new year.
To get started on your self-care challenge, check out this Each Mind Matters infographic on self-care tips: Steps to Self-Care.
To learn more about Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement, visit:  www.eachmindmatters.org

¿Qué tal si esta época festiva te hace sentir más agobiado que nada con reuniones sociales en el trabajo y en casa y otros compromisos sociales que puedan producir ansiedad?

Ser cariñoso con sí mismo y tener límites protege tu salud mental y puede ser lo más importante para el autocuidado. Parece que hemos creado la expectativa que el autocuidado es algo opcional, algo que podemos hacer ocasionalmente cuando tenemos tiempo. El autocuidado no debe de ser algo al que recurrimos cuando ya estamos desgastados y necesitamos descansar de nuestra propia presión interna. El autocuidado no se trata de baños salinos y pasteles de chocolate, se trata de las decisiones que tomamos para crear una vida al que no tenemos que escapar regularmente.

Pero cambiando las expectativas de nosotros mismos y de los demás toma tiempo y práctica. Acciones pequeñas pueden ser una forma buena de empezar. Por ejemplo, si el decir no a las obligaciones sociales es muy difícil, trata de tomar un descanso breve antes y después de cada evento. Durante este descanso, use el tiempo para aprender cómo darle atención a la respiración, una práctica que ha demostrado reducir el estrés y la ansiedad. Para aprender más de SanaMente: El movimiento de salud mental de California, visite: www.sanamente.org

Simplifying the Representative Payee Process

As of July 1, 2019, San Mateo County Health transitioned their Representative Payee services to Life Inc.  Rep Payee services are provided to clients of BHRS and Aging & Adults Services who need assistance managing their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This service helps ensure clients pay their bills on time and can take care of their essential living needs.

Before the transition, Aging & Adult Services staff processed and distributed the payments to clients. The change to Life Inc. removes the need to have service providers and other vendors involved in the payment process. The transition is expected to be complete by October.

You can read more about what other benefits clients will receive from Life Inc. in the BHRS Newsletter “Wellness Matters” here.

San Mateo County Anonymous Gun Buyback

San Mateo County’s Anonymous Gun Buyback program is taking place on December 14, 2019 from 9:30am–2:30pm at 1000 Skyway Road, San Carlos. Get cash for your unused or unwanted guns. No questions asked, ballistics will not be run, and you can remain completely anonymous. Receive up to $100 cash for a hand gun, shotgun, or rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle. Funds are limited and subject to availability.

Click on this flyer for more information.

2020 Mental Health Awareness Month Planning Committee – Meeting Schedule

Please save-the-date for our upcoming planning meetings for 2020 May Mental Health Awareness Month. The meetings will be on Thursdays 10:30am-12pm at Millbrae Library – Rm B, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae CA 94030 for the dates below.  Please see attached meeting schedule for more details. If you are interested in hosting an event, let’s touch base before the next meeting to start looking into dates/times/locations/topics for the events.

  • 12/12/2019
  • 1/9/2020
  • 2/13/2020
  • 3/12/2020
  • 4/9/2020  
  • 6/4/2020

Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System for partnering with us for the second time for MHAM. And special thank you to Kajah Ram for graciously providing us a space to meet at Millbrae Library.

For more information, please visit smchealth.org/mentalhealthmonth or contact Sylvia Tang at STang@smcgov.org.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

A candlelight vigil procession was held at the Redwood City Courthouse followed by a commemoration program at the Downtown Library last Friday to remember those who lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. The event was organized by the LGBTQ Commission , PRIDE InitiativeThe San Mateo County Pride CenterAfrican American Community InitiativeBHRS Office of Diversity and EquityCORA and the Redwood City Public Library.

Youth Center Receives New Certification

After a three-year process, Canyon Oaks Youth Center (COYC) Residential Treatment Facility completed the conversion from a Level 14 Youth Group Home to a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) and the program received their permanent STRTP License on June 1st.

The committed and experienced team of leaders and staff of COYC have pioneered therapeutic approaches to address the needs of youth who have experienced significant trauma to support their health and recovery and continue to do so. In addition, COYC has been accredited for a period of 3 years by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, International (CARF).  

Youth drawing with chalk on wall

By pursuing and achieving accreditation, COYC has demonstrated that it meets international standards for quality and is committed to pursuing excellence. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. 

To  receive a three-Year Accreditation of this caliber, an organization has to put itself through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrate to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. 

Read the full article in the latest edition of the BHRS newsletter, “Wellness Matters“, here.

Need Support During the Holidays? Call/IM the Peer Run Warm Line

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support, providing assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.

Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is open for service this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout December, including Holidays!

Current hours: 7am-11pm, 7 Days a Week.
Call 1-855-845-7415.
For more info and to access online chat: California Peer-Run Warm Line

Watch for announcements as hours will be expanding to 24/7 sometime soon in 2020!



Open to the Public: Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission Meetings

San Mateo County has an active Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC). The commission reviews and evaluates the County’s mental health needs, services, facilities and special programs, agreements dealing with mental health; advises the Board of Supervisors and the Mental Health Director of any aspect of the local mental health program; reviews and approves procedures used to ensure citizen and professional involvement at all stages of the planning process; submits an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the County’s mental health system.

The monthly commission meeting is open to the public and community members interested in getting involved or providing input on mental health and/or substance use services are invited to attend.

When: First Wednesday of each month (no meeting in January & August 2020)
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Health Services Building, 225 37th Ave, Room 100, San Mateo, CA

The next meeting will take place on December 4. Click to view the agenda.

Please call (650) 573-2544 to confirm time and locations as they may change or check the BHRS calendar.

Learn more about about the Commission

San Mateo County Court Gets Grant for DUI Program

San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the third year in a row. This grant supports the Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, which aims to help second and third time DUI offenders, and connects them to resources needed to address their substance abuse, while simultaneously connecting them with the recovery resources they need to address their substance abuse and achieve stability. 

Read the article here:
https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/superior-court-gets-grant-for-dui-program/article_d99f2b18-0818-11ea-b99b-dfd226b87c27.html

New Community Collaborative to Address Shortage of Youth Mental Health Services in Palo Alto

A community collaborative of local nonprofits, healthcare providers (including Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), and schools are coming together to address a lack of mental health services for children and teens with mild to moderate mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, and environmental stressors such as homelessness and poverty.

Read the full article at: https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2019/11/18/theres-a-shortage-of-youth-mental-health-services-in-east-palo-alto-a-new-community-collaborative-hopes-to-change-that

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