Mental Health Monday: Events Reminder #2

Event Reminders!

Mental Health Awareness Month 2019 is now on its second week!

Here’s a friendly reminder of all the exciting events happening this week!

Mon, 5/6 6pm StarVista Crisis Hotline Volunteer Panel 
San Mateo Public Library – Oak Room, 55 W 3rd Ave, SM
Details: The StarVista Crisis Center’s volunteers and staff will come to answer questions about the hotline and what it is like to be a volunteer! Community members will learn about the Crisis Center’s services and how to get involved. 
Languages: English
Contact: Karina Chapa |

Tue, 5/7 1pm Lived Experience Academy- Hearing Stories of Mental Health From Those Who’ve Lived It
Skyline College Campus – Building 4 Room 4301
Detail: Panel of lived experience speakers will talk about their personal experience with mental health. 
Language: English
Contact: Perry Chen |

Tue, 5/7 6pm Book Talk with Francine Toder, Ph.D., Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully​
SSF Main Library
840 W. Orange Ave., SSF
Details: Francine Toder, Ph.D., psychologist and writer, will share some of the 51 ways to explore the world mindfully from her new book, Inward Traveler. Learn how Eastern philosophy and practices can enhance your travels. Find out how to energize or quiet yourself on the road. Discover how your personality and time-perspective affects travel, with others or solo. Get tips to supercharge your five senses, on any journey. Find out how a distracted mind can boost creativity—on trips of any length. Come away with new strategies for traveling mindfully.     Francine Toder, Ph.D. is an emeritus faculty member of California State University, Sacramento, a clinical psychologist and writer. She is the author of 3 other books including most recently, The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty. Her writing appears in magazines, professional journals, newspapers, and online magazines such as Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Next Avenue.
Language: English
Contact: Stacy Lein |

Tues, 5/7 6:30pm Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word
Pacifica Sharp Park Library
104 Hilton Way Pacifica
Details: Screening of the S-Word Film “It is not the word suicide that is the problem; it is the silence that so often follows.” This film follows people who are surviving and thriving. Q and A to follow. 
Languages: English
Flyer | RSVP 
Contact: Paula Teixeira |

Wed, 5/8 6:30pm-8:45 pm – Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word
Redwood City Public Library – Downtown Library Community Room – 1044 Middlefield Road
Details: A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, and humor. She discovers a national community rising to transform persona struggles into action.  Join us for a panel discussion with participants with lived experience & mental health professionals.  Film information:
Language: English
Contact: Roz Kutler |
Please register:

Thu, 5/9 6pm Meditación con Pablo Gonzalez​
South San Francisco Main Library
840 W. Orange Ave, South San Francisco
Details: Nos enfocaremos en la meditación de la atención plena, que es una práctica basada en estar consciente y experimentar el momento presente. Después de proporcionar la instrucción básica, habrá una sesión de meditación silenciosa de 20 minutos que será seguida por una discusión sobre meditación. Se recomienda a los participantes que lleven ropa cómoda y traigan un cojín o almohada. Los participantes que no traigan su propio cojín o almohada pueden utilizar una silla o una estera de yoga proporcionadas por la biblioteca.
Language: Spanish
Contact: Stacy Lein |

Sat, 5/11 2pm Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI​
Foster City Library
1000 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City
Details: NAMI San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Languages: English
Contact: Anna Koch; Paula Teixeira |

Sat, 5/11 2pm Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop 
Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas St, Half Moon Bay
Details: Join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop!   In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals about SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression), their relationship to mental health and how we can build supportive and affirming environments for us all to thrive.  
Languages: English
Contact: Francisco Vargas |


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