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10/8 – NAMIWalks Your Way 2022

NAMIWalks Your Way 2022 is coming to San Mateo County for the very first time on Saturday, October 8th at Seal Point Park in San Mateo. NAMIWalks Your Way is an opportunity to unite and magnify mental health awareness across the country. We’re all in this together, and together we walk towards a future where Mental Health for All is a reality.  

Participate in person or virtually – or walk separately with a group of friends in solidarity. You can also create your own team or join the BHRS team!    

The event is open to people from all walks of life and will provide information on local mental health resources.   

Event details: 
Date: Saturday, October 8th 
Time: 9am-1pm (Walk starts at 10:15am)  
In-person Location: Seal Point Park (1901 J Hart Clinton Dr, San Mateo)  
Virtual Location to be announced. Check the link below for updates.  
Contact: Ginny Traub | ginny@namisanmateo.org | 650-393-3682 

More information and registration link can be found here.  

BHRS Director’s Update – September 2022

Please see the latest issue of the Director’s Update from BHRS Interim Director, Lisa Mancini. 

 Topics include:

  • Suicide Prevention Month
  • Recovery Happens Month
  • New Crisis Center Transparency Page
  • David Lewis Award
  • Suicide Prevention Training Updates
  • Contractors’ Association Spotlight: Youth S.O.S. Update
  • CalAIM Corner:  CalAIM Implementation in San Mateo County

Past issues can be found here.

2022 September Suicide Prevention Month

Today is the first day of September Suicide Prevention Month!

For 2022, San Mateo County, StarVista and partners are promoting the statewide theme of “Take Action for Suicide Prevention: Thriving at all Ages.”  To support Thriving At All Ages, Californians are encouraged to take action for suicide prevention by recognizing the importance of strengthening resiliency, protective factors, and physical and emotional wellness throughout the lifespan and at difference life stages. To learn more about the statewide theme, please visit SuicideisPreventable.org

Each year, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity & Equity, StarVista, and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) promote free events throughout the month of September to promote Suicide Prevention Month. All events are free and open to the public. This year events will be in-person and/or virtual.  For full list of events and other ways to support suicide prevention throughout the month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month

Please show your support at your next virtual meeting with one of our 2022 Suicide Prevention Month virtual backgrounds (Download them at this webpage).  

9/14 – Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Community Input Meeting

Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) Community Input Session

September 14, 2022, 6pm

We are looking for input on Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation approved funding to support the mental wellness of NHPI youth.  Join us in a discussion about the needs of NHPI youth in San Mateo County. Register here.

Please share with your networks.

For more information visit smchealth.org/bhrs/mhsa.

Parent Project Fall 2022 Schedule

The Parent Project® is continuing this coming Fall with four virtual classes. Please share with your networks and communities.

The Parent Project® is a free, 14-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:

  • appropriate ways to discipline
  • preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
  • improving communication skills
  • improving grades and school attendance

Spanish All Class Flyer
English All Class Flyer

For more information, visit SMCHealth.org/ParentProject.

*NEW* BHRS’ Office of Diversity Job Opportunities Available!

San Mateo County Health, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is hiring for various job opportunities!  ODE advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. There are opportunities to work in each of the four ODE strategic pathways; 1) Workforce Transformation, 2) Community Engagement, 3) Strategic Partnerships and 3) Policies & System Change. 

Applicants should have a passion for programs that advance diversity, inclusion and equity in behavioral health outcomes. To view the various job opportunities and instructions on applying, visit https://www.smchealth.org/pod/job-internship-opportunities. Those with lived experience as a person in recovery from mental health and/or substance use conditions or as a family member of someone who has behavioral health conditions and/or with experience as a member of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and/or marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about BHRS’ Office of Diversity and Equity, please visit here.

BHRS’ ODE Internship Program – Deadline 5/13

The BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. ODE is dedicated to addressing health inequities and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use and supporting wellness and recovery in San Mateo County. ODE works to achieve these goals by promoting cultural humility and competence, which are rooted in principles of
social justice. To learn more about BHRS ODE’s work, visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs/ODE.

More information about the internship in the application below.

Happy AAPI Heritage Month: Updates from the Pacific Islander Initiative

PII Co-Chair, Brittany Afu

This year, BHRS ODE’s Health Equity Initiative, Pacific Islander Initiative (PII) welcomes a returning co-chair, Brittany Afu, who is currently working with long-time partner, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Luci Latu and Brittany have been focusing on rebuilding past partnerships and cultivating new ones to strengthen PII’s membership base.

Some of the initiative’s focus this year has been on COVID outreach – raising awareness around COVID testing, vaccines and linking families to COVID relief programs and services. Other focuses include outreaching for partner events and community classes, sharing information about services and completing community presentations to raise awareness on critical issues affecting the PII community.

Recently, the PII co-chairs presented to a class at UC Berkeley discussing Pacific Islander health disparities and how the initiative and other partnering agencies are developing strategies to address community needs. It is an ongoing effort, and we hope to make community impacts by filling future Parent Project courses, hosting Mental Health First Aid trainings and getting more families connected to needed care.

Blog written by Brittany Afu
Co-Chair of Pacific Islander Initiative of San Mateo County, 


To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative and other health equity initiatives, visit SMCHealth.org/HEI.

The Health Equity Initiatives are funded through BHRS’ Office of Diversity and Equity. For more information click here.

To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative, visit smchealth.org/pacific-islander-initiative.

2022 May Mental Health Month #SMCTakeAction4MH

Hello, 

As many of you know, May is Mental Health Month or, as we also like to call it, the lime greenest time of the year! This year’s theme, adopted from the statewide campaign, is #SMCTakeAction4MH. The theme encourages everyone to take actionable steps to address mental health and substance use matters. Over the past two years, the pandemic has been especially challenging for many of us. Your mental health is more important than ever. Throughout the month, learn ways you can take action to improve your communities’ mental wellness!

Each year we partner with local agencies and community members to offer free events throughout San Mateo County. This year, we are offering both in-person and virtual events!

To find our full calendar of events, learn ways to get involved, and find behavioral health resources. Visit our website here: SMCMentalHealthMonth.org.

Please promote Mental Health Month with your communities and networks by sharing our promo flyer and utilizing our virtual backgrounds.

In community, 

Kristie & Sylvia
Co-Chairs, May Mental Health Month Planning Committee
Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity

Sylvia Tang | She/Her/她
stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Kristie Lui | She/Her/她
kflui@smcgov.org

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