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Race & Covid-19 WEBINAR – Follow Up Materials

Dear Community,

On behalf of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE), Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council (BACHAC), StarVista, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities would like Thank You for being with us for our first Virtual Community Town Hall held on 5/1/20. Our goal was to provide you with resources, hear your voice and experiences and together identify supports that are needed within our LGBTQ+ communities, low-income communities, and communities of color. In line with these efforts we would like to provide you with additional information and resources.

In an effort to continue learning and hearing your thoughts about the Town Hall we are asking that you please complete the Town Hall Exit Survey . Those that return the survey will be entered into a raffle to win a $50.00 gift card! Your valuable feedback helps inform and improve our work.

We are also very excited to let you know that we are planning a Second Town Hall Meeting focused solely on community questions and hearing your voice about your needs at this time. More specific information will be emailed once the details are confirmed.

As promised, we are also happy to provide you with the Community Town Hall follow-up information below. If you need any additional information, please contact The Office of Diversity & Equity at ODE@smcgov.org 

Stay up to date with COVID-19 Resources:

Community Town Hall Materials:

Stay Connected:

We believe that together we can make a difference by providing accurate information and resources, hearing your voice to inform the work and having your support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County. We also believe that together we can support all those in need in San Mateo County.

Warmly,

 The Town Hall planning team 

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity at ode@smcgov.org.

Xenophobia Response Tips Resource Cards

Xenophobia is the fear and hatred of strangers, foreigners or of anything that is perceived as strange or foreign. Under Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are increased incidents of microaggressions, racial profiling, hate crimes in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Here are a few tips on how you can respond to xenophobic offenses.

Credit: Chinese Health Initative

For more information, you may contact Chinese Health Initiative at CHI@smcgov.org.

For the full Health Equity Initiative meeting schedule (including virtual meeting links) visit here.

Express Unity

“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell

Express Unity and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).

This week, help put an end to stigma and promote community wellness by expressing unity as part of the mental health movement:

● Create messages of encouragement and hope on your windows with sticky notes to show your support.  Leave positive messages and doodles for your family members, your roommates or yourself! Click here to get started.  Then snap a photo and share it on social media.  

● Take an active role in suicide prevention. Know the signs, find the words and learn how to reach out at www.suicideispreventable.org.

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

#BeTheOneSMC to #ExpressYourself
#EachMindMatters



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 

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
#EachMindMatters



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 

 

Missed the Race and COVID-19 TownHall? Watch here!

The impacts of COVID-19 have touched us all. However, it has been particularly concerning for our marginalized communities. The pandemic has highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.

San Mateo County Race and Coronavirus Town Hall – May 1, 2020, was hosted by the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity in collaboration with StarVista, Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council, Get Healthy San Mateo County, and Catholic Charities to provide accurate information and resources, hearing community voices to inform the work and support in reaching all those in need across San Mateo County.

For more information, please contact Office of Diversity and Equity at ODE@smcgov.org.

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