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Free training offered to help prevent suicide in the restaurant industry

In honor of Anthony Bourdain’s life and for his birthday today, the Giving Kitchen is supporting suicide prevention efforts in the restaurant industry by offering free QPR training to anyone in the restaurant industry.   Tell your favorite waitresses, waiters, baristas, chefs, or restaurant owners to go to www.givingkitchen.com to sign up for the free training.   Read the story on CNN.

May 24: Navigating the Mental Health System

To help human service providers, mental health practitioners, mental health consumers and families better understand how to access mental health services and what to do in a crisis, the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County is sponsoring  “Navigating the Mental Health System” on May 24th. CME’s are available. More info or to register.

Affordable Housing Unit Breaks Ground in Redwood City

Officials and developers broke ground Thursday on a much needed 67-unit  apartment in North Fair Oaks at 2821 El Camino Real.  The units are expected to become home to veterans, low-income families and those with developmental disabilities. The project leverages a portion of the more than $100 million county officials have committed to affordable housing projects — in large part through the voted-approved sales tax Measure K.  Read the full story in the Daily Journal.

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Join NAMI for Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18

In May 2008, the US house of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in recognition that:

  • Improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance: and
  • An appropriate month should be recognized to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

Each year, NAMI California invites community members from all over the state to come together for the annual Minority Mental Health Month Capitol Advocacy Day.  Last year, 23 participants from diverse backgrounds and experience came together for this important day  to advocate for bills that would affect thousands of families and peers, conducting a total of 30 legislative office visits in one day!

Join NAMI and community members for their next Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18, 2017.  Learn more on how to apply to attend Minority Mental Health Capitol Advocacy Day.

County Gives $44M to Housing

County gives $44M to housing: Supervisors aim to leverage locally-controlled revenue for affordable units  – Daily Journal, 5/17/17

After pinching pennies where possible, San Mateo County officials cranked up their commitment to addressing the skyrocketing cost of living by allocating $43.75 million toward affordable housing over the next two years.

For weeks, the Board of Supervisors and county staff have been tinkering with a budget proposal on how to leverage locally-controlled sales tax dollars in support of housing solutions for low-income earners. On Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a blueprint for how it will spend Measure K proceeds.

The half-cent sales tax recently extended by voters generates about $80 million annually and supports a range of services from parks to mental health programs and information technology equipment to transit operations.

An initial proposal to commit $15 million annually prompted advocates to contend the housing crisis demands more urgent action. County officials responded by considering cuts to other expenditures and eventually landed on a plan to spend $22.5 million next fiscal year and $21.25 million the following.

– See more on the Daily Journal.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Did you know that half of us will have a mental health challenge in our lifetime? Help us raise awareness of the importance of good mental health for everyone. We need to speak up and help remove the shame and stigma, so that more people can be comfortable seeking the help they need. Mental illnesses are common and treatable, and help is available.

Join us on Tuesday, May 2nd at our kick-off eventBe The One – Reach Out to Support Your Peers” at the College of San Mateo from 10am – 1:30 pm.

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