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Check out today’s film screening: Chasing Heroine

chasing heroineThe Prevention Training Academy is hosting a film screening of Frontline’s Chasing Heroin this evening from 6 – 8 p.m. The screening will be held at 225 37th Ave, San Mateo, in room 100.

Chasing Heroin provides a look inside Americas heroin crisis through the lens of social context, policy and a health-centered perspective.

Visit www.preventiontrainingacademy.eventbrite.com to register and for a full list of the Prevention Training Academy offerings. Contact Kathy Reyes, at (650)-802-6587 or ekreyes@smcgov.org with questions or concerns.

 

NAMI Walks 2017

NAMI Walks 2017We are proud to announce that BHRS will be participating in NAMI Walks 2017!  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please join families, consumers, clients, providers and pets as we gather to support and honor the important work of the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI). Read more

Create Your Wellness Recovery Action Plan

A Wellness Recovery Action Plan, or WRAP, helps people develop real tools they can use to manage their physical and mental health. Based on hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, support and education, WRAP has helped many individuals and now you have the chance to join a group to create your personal WRAP. Check out this flyer for information in Spanish about how to join an upcoming WRAP group.

Safe and Easy Medicine Disposal

safe med disposal graphcSan Mateo County’s Safe Medicine Disposal Program has partnered with the Medication Education & Disposal (MED) Project to provide 28 safe medicine disposal kiosks – and counting – throughout San Mateo County. This program is critical in preventing accidental exposure of medicine to children and pets, keeping our oceans and drinking water clean and curbing the nationwide opioid epidemic.

To find a medicine disposal kiosk near you, visit www.smchealth.org/RxDisposal. More information about MED-Project can be found at www.med-project.org/locations/san-mateo.

Share Your Personal Recovery Story during September 2017 Recovery Month

2017-recovery-month-vertical-web-bannerSeptember is National Recovery Month and BHRS is seeking short narratives/testimonies (200 – 400 words) celebrating the success of people in recovery. Narratives may be published in the BHRS newsletter, Wellness Matters, posted online in the BHRS blog and in other San Mateo County communications and social media channels.

We are seeking a range of submissions reflecting diverse perspectives, cultures and personal experiences of recovery.

How to Submit:

  • Submission deadline:  August 18, 2017
  • Submissions and/or questions can be emailed to Lauren Mascarenhas at: lmascarenhas@smcgov.org.
  • All submissions will be published with first name only (if anonymity is preferred please state so in your submission).
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a signed release giving us your permission to publish your story.  The form can also be found at: www.smcbhrsblog.org/consent-form
  • All submissions are subject to review/editing/publication by BHRS.
  • Longer narratives (up to 500 words) may be submitted for consideration but are subject to editing for length.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid to host 100th class

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) has been offered by the BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity since 2013.  Since inception, we have successfully trained 1,711 individuals in San Mateo County.  The 100th class will be held at Puente, located in Pescadero.  Puente serves the San Mateo South Coast communities of Pescadero, La Honda, Loma Mar and San Gregorio.  They advocate for their communities and promote individual and community health and wellness.

YMHFA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents.  It builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.  YMHFA uses role playing and interactive discussions to demonstrate how to access, intervene and provide initial help.

YMHFA creates the time, space and safe environment for learning and understanding how to support youth by using empathy and compassion.  The outcomes indicate that:

  • 79% of individuals who completed the training report feeling more confident to recognize the signs of a mental health challenge or crisis.
  • 78% feel more confident to reach out to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.
  • 84% feel more confident to assist a young person to seek professional help.
  • 83% feel more confident to assist a young person to connect with community, peer and personal supports.

Not only do participants feel more confident recognizing signs, reaching out or assisting a young person, they are actually using Youth Mental Health First Aid in their everyday lives.

“If I see a student acting in a way that might suggest he/she is having some emotional difficulties, I am more confident to approach the student, ask questions and a couple of times I have suggested the availability of help in school and follow up with the students,” said one participant six months after the  training.

“I asked a student if they felt suicidal,” stated another participant who discussed the difficult but often crucial task of asking a young person about suicide. “I would have never felt okay to do this before the training.”

100 classes in, Youth Mental Health First Aid is still an invaluable resource for the community.

 – Natalie Andrade

 

San Mateo County Celebrates Pride

Pride post collage

San Mateo County community members celebrate pride with the raising of a flag, live music, energetic speakers and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

 

This past June was Pride month and San Mateo County had a whole lot to celebrate with our fifth annual Pride event and the historic grand opening of the county’s very first Pride Center.

The Pride Initiative held the annual LGBTQ+ Pride event at San Mateo Central Park on Saturday, June 10th. This year’s theme, “Still We Rise,” inspired by Maya Angelou’s 1978 poem, “Still I Rise” was meant to remind us of the need for solidarity across all communities.

This year, for the first time, the Pride flag was raised along with the American flag in the center of the park at the commencement of Saturday’s celebration. Entertainment included poets, musicians, dancers, martial artists and even an open mic, showcasing talent from the community.  Approximately 700 people came out to celebrate.

When the PRIDE initiative originated in 2008, it was the first county sanctioned LGBTQ+ entity in San Mateo County. In a testament to the advances made by our LBTQ+ community and allies, the county proudly kicked off Pride month with the opening of San Mateo County’s very first Pride Center.

Nearly 500 community members gathered on June 1st to celebrate the grand opening, complete with a ribbon cutting, dynamic speakers and live music.

Located at 1021 S. El Camino and 11th  Ave. in San Mateo, the Pride Center combines direct behavioral health services, such as counseling, peer support, and case management, with community support and services. The center is a safe space and welcomes everyone.

The Pride Center is a collaboration with Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, funded through the Mental Health Services Act. The Center is operated by five partner organizations: StarVista, Peninsula Family Service, Outlet of Adolescent Counseling Services, Daly City Partnership and Pyramid Alternatives.

For more information about the Pride Center call 650-591-0133 or email info@sanmateopride.org. For more information about the PRIDE Initiative, check out their website at www.smchealth.org/pride.

Lisa Putkey, Jei Africa and Regina Moreno contributed to this article.

 

 

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