Express Encouragement

How do people and communities deal with difficult events and challenges like a serious illness, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, the loss of a job, and other traumatic events? How can we provide support to our loved ones when they are struggling?

Research shows that resiliency —or the ability to “bounce back” after difficult experiences—is not an innate trait, but rather a complex set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and strengthened. And one of the best ways to build resiliency is by fostering connections with the people around you, whether that’s people in your community or your friends and family. Strong, supportive relationships with close family, friends, and loved ones are a key element for a happier and healthier life.

This week, strengthen your community by expressing encouragement to those around you:

  • Share one of the Each Mind Matters Affirmation Cards with a friend, family member, colleague, or even a stranger. You can download a printable version or share these via social media.
  • We all need some extra encouragement from time to time. Print and hang this poster to brighten someone’s day.
  • View and share messages of hope and recovery from the #BeTheOneSMC photo gallery.

May Mental Health Awareness Month is coordinated by the Planning Committee and the Office of Diversity and Equity.

#BeTheOneSMC to #ExpressYourself

If you or a loved one are in need of mental health local support for mental health and substance use issues, contact these 24/7 numbers:  

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 
  • Starvista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County): 650-579-0350 
  • ACCESS Call Center (San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services): 800-686-0101 
  • California Peer-Run Warmline: 855-845-7415