Facebook’s AI Can Detect and Intervene in Suicide

Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts. When necessary, they will send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to intervene in concerning posts instead of waiting for users to report concerning posts, Facebook will decrease how long it takes to send help.

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New MHSARC Members are Sworn in

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From left to right:  Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei

At the last Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC) meeting last Wednesday, four new commission members were sworn in: Isabel Uibel, Catherine Koss, Yoko Ng and Donald Mattei. Congratulations!

FMHI’s Immigrants: At the Crossroads was a Great Success!

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Last Saturday on 12/9, the Social Justice Ministry of St. Andrew Catholic Church partnered with the Office of Diversity and Equity’s Filipino Mental Health Initiative (FMHI) to host an immigration forum called Immigrants: At the Crossroads. The aim of this event was to empower members of the Filipino community to improve their mental health, increase knowledge about immigrant rights, and let the community know that health is available.

Attorney Lisa M. Newstrom, a managing attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid presented on the rights of noncitizens in healthcare programs. In her work, Newstrom commonly hears questions related to what health care an immigrant or low-income person can receive. Bay Area Legal Aid is able to provide help for low-income people for free, relating to topics of domestic violence, housing preservation, economic security, health access, and consumer protection. They focus on specific client populations, including youth and veterans.

Attorney Lourdes Tancino of Tancino Law Offices also covered updates on immigration laws. Tancino Law Office is a full service law firm assisting clients in business and immigration matters. They specialize in family-based immigration, employment based immigration, temporary work visas, removal/ deportation defense and naturalization.

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December 12 – Social Media Chat: Health Coverage Uncovered

Social Media Chat Graphic 1Health insurance keeps you healthy and financially covered when you need it most. Wondering what health coverage plan is best for you?

Join the Health Coverage: Uncovered social media chat with San Mateo County enrollment counselors Tuesday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Log on to Facebook (facebook.com/SMCHealth) and Twitter (twitter.com/smchealth) and ask any health insurance questions. Follow the conversation at @SMCHealth and #GetCoveredSMC for all the updates. Help will be available in English and Spanish. Read more

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