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NAMI’s Recruiting for an Education Coordinator

NAMI San Mateo is seeking a part-time Education Coordinator, 25 hours per week.  The Education Program Coordinator will be responsible for organizing and setting up NAMI program classes, including Family to Family, Peer to Peer, Provider Education, Basics and Ending the Silence, as well as arranging for teacher/facilitator training/meetings for all programs and support groups, and identifying additional organizations for program delivery.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promotes thru outreach, plans, and schedules all education programs.
  • Updates existing programs to keep current with NAMI standards.
  • Prepares program materials for teachers and participants.
  • Communicates with teachers to ensure successful programs.
  • Keep up-to-date records in Excel of current waitlists for classes.
  • Reports NAMI class info when class is complete – internally & externally
  • Creates flyers and brochures for education programs.
  • Assists with special events such as NAMI General Meeting.
  • Works with staff and volunteers
  • Research/Plan outreach to identify additional presentation opportunities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Knowledge of NAMI programs with preference to having taken one of our classes.
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication skills. 
  • Flexibility to work outside of regular schedule when needed for training or special events.
  • Proficient with MS Office programs including Excel, Word, Publisher and Outlook.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Helene Zimmerman at

Deadline to apply, January 13, 2020
Start Date: February 3, 2020
Salary commensurate with experience.

Call for George Culores Hall of Fame Award Nominations

The San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission recognizes a resident annually for his/her achievements in one or both of the following categories:

  • Contributions to better the lives of other consumers and/or leadership in the consumer movement; or
  • Personal journey of recovery that inspires and gives hope to others

If you’d like to nominate someone, complete and return the nomination form by January 14.

Board Proclaims September as National Recovery Month

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors presented Ray Mills (center), Executive Director of Voices of Recovery San Mateo County, the proclamation designating September 2019 as National Recovery Month this week. Ray is picture with BHRS Director Scott Gilman (left), and Supervisor Dave Pine (right). Learn more about Recovery Month and the upcoming picnic and dance.

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 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.

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