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Community Stigma Baseline Survey: Mental Health & Substance Misuse Knowledge, Beliefs & Behavior

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Many (if not all of us) know someone facing a mental health or substance misuse issue. However, many people do not get the help and treatment they need because of the stigma around these issues and fear others will judge them. San Mateo County is dedicated to reducing this stigma so that everyone gets the help they need and, ultimately, are able to live longer and better lives.

While we know stigma is a major barrier, how pervasive is such stigma in our San Mateo County community? Are our current stigma reduction programs reducing this stigma overtime?

To answer these questions, San Mateo County launched and completed a Community Stigma Baseline Survey around mental health and substance misuse knowledge, beliefs and behavior. The San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity commissioned an independent research firm, Strata Research Inc., to implement a baseline survey among San Mateo County residents who were at least 18 years of age. This 15-minute survey was completed by 450 residents in San Mateo County during March 2020. This survey built off of the statewide mental health stigma survey conducted by RAND Corporation.

Key findings from the Community Stigma Baseline Survey are listed below. The Executive Summary  has more information on each domain, differences by demographics (e.g. age, gender, race/ethnicity) and general information about the survey.

Mental Health

  • One-third of San Mateo County adults (36%) have had a mental health issue.
  • Among those who have had a mental health issue, almost two-thirds (72%) sought treatment.
  • San Mateo County adults scored highest on Mental Health Inclusive Behavior across the three domains used to assess overall knowledge, beliefs and behavior, followed closely by Mental Health Knowledge.

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Substance Misuse

  • One in ten San Mateo County adults (13%) have had a substance misuse issue.
  • Among those who have had a substance misuse issue, one-half (55%) sought treatment.
  • San Mateo County adults scored highest on the Substance Misuse Knowledge domain.

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To learn more about current stigma reduction programs, please visit www.smchealth.org/endstigma.

To learn more about mental health and substance misuse treatment and services, please visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs.

Mini-Grants & Call for Events – Applications Due Wed, Aug 26 | 2020 Suicide Prevention Month

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September is Suicide Prevention Month (SPM), which includes National Suicide Prevention Week (September 8-14) and World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10). SPM aims to empower everyone in the community to prevent suicide.

For 2020, San Mateo County and partners are promoting the theme of “Stronger Together” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that studies show that connectedness is overall an important protective factor for suicide and states, “[c]onnectedness between individuals can lead to increased frequency of social contact, lowered levels of social isolation or loneliness, and an increased number of positive relationships.” 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenge, and yet we have seen how communities can come together in innovative and supportive ways.

Each year, the San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity & Equity and Suicide Prevention Committee publishes web page of events which promotes the SPM events broadly across local providers, partners and community in San Mateo County. We will also be offering mini-grants for selected recipients.

  • Apply for Call for Events & Mini-Grant: If you would like your event listed on the web page AND to be considered for a mini-grant, please complete this application by Wednesday, August 26th.
  • Apply for Call for Events ONLY: If you would like your event listed on the web page ONLY (NO mini-grant), please email Zena Andreani (zena.andreani@star-vista.org) no later than Friday, August 28th.

SPM event details and updates will be posted at http://www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.

Call for Digital Art by Suicide Survivors | Due Sunday, August 23, 2020

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To Suicide Loss and Attempt Survivors,

The Suicide Prevention Committee invites you to submit a digital form of your art piece that may be included in San Mateo County’s Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025. We hope this form of expression is healing and empowering for you and our community that is dedicated to preventing suicide.

More details below about this Call for Digital Art’s submission guidelines, eligibility and art guidelines. 

 Whether you decide to participate or not, we honor your loss, your grief and your story.

 Wishing you well,
Suicide Prevention Committee

 If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:

  • Call (650) 579-0350 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Text “BAY” to 741-741

CALL FOR ART DETAILS

Please submit survey and art work at surveymonkey.com/r/SPRoadmapArt2025 by Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Eligibility: Those submitting art work are required to:

  • Have lived experience as a suicide loss or attempt survivor
  • Live or work in San Mateo County
  • Sign a media release that allows San Mateo County to publish images and descriptions of submitted art work

Art Guidelines

  • Paintings, photos, poems and quotes are welcome
  • Some forms of art (e.g. paintings, photos) may need to be submitted in the form of an image
  • If any images are submitted, images with high resolution and proper lighting are preferred
  • Art work should be appropriate for audience of all ages
  • Art work is encouraged to focus on messages of hope, resiliency & recovery
  • Selected art work will receive $30 gift card and be included in the Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025

For more background and details, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

  1. I am looking for more immediate help for someone considering suicide or at-risk of suicide. What should I do?If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    650-579-0350 – Star Vista’s Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)
    ​Text “Bay” to 741741 – National Crisis Hotline

    For physical/mental health emergencies that need an immediate response, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room>

    When calling 911 for mental health emergencies, refer to the guidelines for calling police to find out how to prepare and what to expect at smchealth.org/mh911. One main tip is to request for a Crisis Intervention Trained Officer (CIT).

    Local psychiatric emergency services including the following facilities:

    San Mateo Medical Center | 650-573-2662
    222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    Mills-Peninsula Medical Center | 650-696-5915
    1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

    For additional resources, including population-specific or non-crisis resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.

  2. If I submit an art piece, will it be guaranteed that my art piece will be included in the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025?We do not guarantee that all submitted art pieces will be selected to receive a $30 gift card included in the San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025. Some art pieces may be selected for other forms of publication or uses.
  3. Where can I find more suicide prevention resources? For more suicide prevention resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention. The website includes the following information:
    • What to do in a crisis
    • How to support someone
    • Suicide Prevention Month
    • Suicide Prevention Committee
    • Additional Resources – by region, subgroups and topics
  1. How can I get involved with suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County?You can join our Suicide Prevention Committee which provides oversight and direction to suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County. The coalition is open to the public and we welcome a diversity of stakeholders. The committee currently meets virtually the 1st Tuesday of the month 1:30.To stay connected or to get involved, please reach out to SPC Co-Chairs:

    Sylvia Tang, Community Health Planner
    Office of Diversity and Equity, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Servces
    stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

    Zena Andreani, Program Manager
    Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Cetner
    zena.andreani@star-vista.org | 650.579.0359 x 25

  2. How can I submit input for the Suicide Prevention Roadmap?Please visit bit.ly/SPRoadmap2025 for more information. Input is due Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Call for Public Input on County Suicide Prevention Roadmap | Due August 23, 2020

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You may send input (and questions) for the Draft Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2020-2025 by Sunday, August 23 in one or more of the following ways:

For more background and details, please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below.

 If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:
          Call (650) 579-0350 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
          Text “BAY” to 741-741

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. I am looking for more immediate help for someone considering suicide or at-risk of suicide. What should I do?

    If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support:

    1-800-273-TALK (8255) – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    650-579-0350 – Star Vista’s Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County)
    ​Text “Bay” to 741741 – National Crisis Hotline

    For physical/mental health emergencies that need an immediate response, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    When calling 911 for mental health emergencies, refer to the guidelines for calling police to find out how to prepare and what to expect at org/mh911. One main tip is to request for a Crisis Intervention Trained Officer (CIT)

    Local psychiatric emergency services including the following facilities:

    San Mateo Medical Center | 650-573-2662
    222 West 39th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

    Mills-Peninsula Medical Center | 650-696-5915
    1501 Trousdale Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

    For additional resources, including population-specific or non-crisis resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention

  2. What is a roadmap?

    The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Roadmap is the county’s strategic plan for suicide prevention. This plan includes strategic aims, goals, objectives, data, resources and more information to help direct and prioritize our suicide prevention efforts for our county.

  3. What are some tips on how to give an effective public input?

    You can check out the How to Give Public Comment quick tips- adapted from CAMHPRO’s Delivering the ABC’s of Advocacy training.

  4. How do I submit public input?Please see above flyer and description for updates and details.
  5. Where can I find more suicide prevention resources?

    For more suicide prevention resources, please visit smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention. The website includes the following information:

    • What to do in a crisis
    • How to support someone – who may be at risk of suicide
    • Suicide Prevention Month
    • Suicide Prevention Committee
    • Additional Resources – by region, subgroups and topics

6. How can I get involved with suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County?

You can join our Suicide Prevention Committee which provides oversight and direction to suicide prevention efforts in San Mateo County. The coalition is open to the public and we welcome a diversity of stakeholders. The committee currently meets virtually the 1st Tuesday of the month 1:30.

To stay connected or to get involved, please reach out to SPC Co-Chairs:

Sylvia Tang, Community Health Planner
Office of Diversity and Equity, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services
stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Zena Andreani, Program Manager
Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center
zena.andreani@star-vista.org | 650.579.0359 x 25

California Clubhouse is seeing GREEN!

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Message from California Clubhouse.

“California Clubhouse is seeing GREEN! We are excited to celebrate and show our support this Mental Health Awareness Month by launching our YouTube channel where we will post videos with the theme “Each Mind Matters: Express Yourself”. This month, we are working with our community to post 30 seconds videos “focusing on how expressing ourselves in different way can raise awareness about mental health.”

Check out our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIdMIrih8dHx8or-YGT348Q

We are asking our greater San Mateo County community to post #ExpressYourself videos to raise awareness and break down stigma – 30 seconds is all you need! Post on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages and share with family and friends!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalClubhouse/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CalClubhouse

Stay safe and healthy – we look forward for seeing you at the various Virtual Events throughout the county this month. 

– California Clubhouse”

Express Your Well-Being

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This week, you can Express Your Well-Being and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE and virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).

Maintaining your well-being through regular self-care prevents burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps you refocus – and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.

However, making time to focus on your well-being isn’t always easy. Self-care isn’t about being selfish or getting a reward — it is a critical part of maintaining our well-being. As author Brianna Wiest says: “Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure. True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”

Real self-care is a thoughtful practice that builds well-being over time. Here are some resources to help build this practice and express your well-being:

May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) Coordinated by MHAM Planning Committee and 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