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4/23 – 2019 Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

2018 MHAM Proclamation

2018 Mental Health Awareness Month Proclamation

It’s that amazing lime green time of year again! The 2019 May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) is one week from kicking off!

Show your support throughout the month of May by:

  • Attending an event (see calendar of events)
    • Join us for our annual Board of Supervisors Proclamation at 400 County Center in Redwood City on Tuesday, April 23rd at 9:00am. 
    • If you cannot attend in person, there will be a livestream available here: https://sanmateocounty.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
  • Wearing lime green throughout the month of May
  • Share the BeTheOneSMC photo gallery with your network or submit a photo with a pledge of your own”
  • Using hashtags #WordsOfWellness & #BetheOneSMC on social media 

For more information on 2019 May Mental Health Awareness Month, please visit the webpage smchealth.org/mentalhealthmonth. For a list of our exciting events happening throughout the month of May, view our calendar of events

Keep following us here throughout the month of May for updates, event highlights, and “words of wellness”!

4/22 – MHSA Steering Committee

Reminder that Mental Health Service Act’s (MHSA) upcoming Steering Committee meeting is this Monday, 4/22 at 3pm.  New members will be joining and having an “Orientation to MHSA” prior to the meeting at 2pm, same location.  All are welcome to attend!

What: MHSA Steering Committee Meeting
When: April 22, 2019, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: County Health Campus, Room 100 (225 37th Ave., San Mateo)

At this meeting we will: 

  • Provide input on the MHSA Plan to spend available one-time revenue
  • Receive an update on new MHSA Innovation funding cycle
  • Hear from current Innovation project, Health Ambassador Program for Youth

Actions: 1) approval of the MHSA Plan to spend one-time revenue and 2) approval of a no-cost one-year extension of current innovation projects, the Health Ambassador Program for Youth and the NMT in an Adult System of Care. 

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11/16 – Technology Suite Advisory Committee

Technology Suite Advisory Committee

Recently, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) joined a County Behavioral Health Technology Collaborative, a statewide project aimed at utilizing technology- based and online services and supports to engage and increase access for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental illness who may struggle accessing traditional resources. 

We are seeking a Technology Suite Advisory Committee (TSAC), composed of mental health providers, mental health clients/consumers, family members and community members to help design and oversee the Technology Suite implementation and evaluation. The purpose of the committee is to have a forum for members to provide recommendations on the features offered through the Technology Suite and input on the implementation. The TSAC will review the Technology Suite activities and make suggestions for improvement. The Office of Diversity and Equity will be overseeing the implementation process. 

The informational meeting is to answer any questions, share more about the statewide project and the role of the committee.  You can attend the informational meeting to learn more without any commitment to further participation.

Written by Brittany Ganguly, Community Health Planner

Office of Diversity and Equity 

11/13 -Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018

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Please join us  for our Transgender Day of Remembrance Gathering on November 13th, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at San Mateo Public Library. Our program will begin with a candlelight procession and solidarity chants through downtown San Mateo at 5:00pm. Afterwards, we will return to the library to hear from community speakers (additional youth speakers not included on flyer), share resources and learn about actions we can all take to stand in solidarity against anti-transgender violence. As a few of our nation’s leaders consider redefining the meaning of gender, erasing the experiences of transgender folks, we must unite to raise awareness of anti-transgender violence and the lethal implications of defining gender strictly within a binary. Our collective resistance is one more step towards wellness and healing for us all.

This event is brought to the community by the PRIDE Initiative, the LGBTQ Commission , The San Mateo County Pride Center, and BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity.

Written by Annette Pakhchian, LGBTQ+ Community Outreach 

Chinese Health Initiative’s New Meeting Schedule

Next Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) meeting is on Friday, November 2nd from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 201 at 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo.

Starting November, CHI meets the 1st Fridays of the month 1:30 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. in Room 201 at 2000 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Our December meeting is scheduled for Friday, December 7th, same time and location. 

For the most up-to-date information, please contact the CHI Co-Chairs Shiyu Zhang and Winnie Wu at CHI@smcgov.org.

3rd Annual National Day of Prayer Celebrates Truth, Inclusion, and Love

 

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For the third time in San Mateo County, the National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health Recovery and Understanding was recognized on Oct. 2nd 2018 at the Redwood City County Center. San Mateo County BHRS and NAMI co-sponsored the observance of this Day of Prayer by inviting faith and secular leaders as well as consumers to participate in this hour long event.  Faith and secular leaders around the country publicly recommit themselves to replace misinformation, blame, fear and prejudice with truth, inclusion and love in order to offer hope and support.  The event included members from various faiths, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Catholic, Hindu, the Church of Latter Day Saints., and the Native and Indigenous Peoples Initiative. The event also included a testimony from a consumer and a family member.  The Spirituality Initiative worked with NAMI in organizing the event which included 20 organizations (community based, faith based, and provider based) tabling the event as well as the speakers. Over 80 people attended this year’s event. 

The hour presentation began with Rev. Frazier opening the event with a prayer and Dr. Maria Lorente-Foresti Director of Office of Diversity and Equity of BHRS and Helene Zimmerman the Executive Director of NAMI, providing the welcoming addresses, and Issacs Fredericks from BHRS Spirituality Initiative being the MC for the event.

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Happy First International Pronouns Day!

Today is International Pronouns Day! Sharing your pronouns and asking others for theirs can help everyone feel comfortable and acknowledged. SMC Health recommends sharing your pronouns in your email signature! See the example below to see how you can share yours, and check out our blog post, “Sharing Our Gender Pronouns” for more discussion on why pronouns are an essential part of respectful communication.

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Written by Annette Pakhchian, LGBTQ+ Community Outreach 

www.smhealth.org/bhrs/ODE

 

10/20 – 6th Annual Sana, Sana Colita de Rana: Celebrating the Culture of Healing the Soul

The San Mateo County Latino Collaborative presents the sixth annual Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana, an event where community members can learn about healthy habits, healthy communities, nutrition and access to mental health services. This year’s theme is “Tradiciones que Sanan el Alma” which means, “Celebrating the Culture of Healing the Soul!” 

For more information email the Latino Collaborative at latinocollaborative@smcgov.org and visit their website at smchealth.org/sanasana. 

 

 

Bringing Awareness to Students About Knowing the Signs, Finding the Words, and Reaching Out

 

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Office of Diversity and Equity Interns, Alicia and Priscilla, table at Burlingame High School to teach students about Suicide Prevention Month

A special thank you to Burlingame High School [BHS] for inviting us to their on-campus resource fair for Suicide Prevention and Awareness week. In recognition of September as the National Suicide Prevention month, the counseling team at Burlingame High School organized a tabling event which included community agencies such as StarVista, Health Right 360, The Crisis Text Line, and The San Mateo County Pride Center. The resource fair was held during lunchtime, allowing students to ask questions, learn about different services and resources offered, and gain awareness regarding suicide prevention. We were able to bring awareness to students about knowing the signs of suicide, finding the words to say to a friend or loved one, and how to reach out for help. 

 

Alongside the tabling participation, BHS incorporated games and activities to promote their messaging campaign, “You Matter,” where students wrote positive messages of encouragement to express a shared sentiment of community support amongst peers. The poser is to be displayed on campus.  

If you or someone you know is facing a mental health crisis, call the StarVista Crisis Hotline 650-579-0350 (1-800-273-8255). 

For more information on how to help a loved one who may be at risk of suicide, visit www.suicideispreventable.org

For information on San Mateo County suicide prevention resources, visit www.smchealth.org/suicideprevention

Written by Alicia Vasquez and Priscilla Bustos, Office of Diversity and Equity interns

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