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Broadway by the Bay Opens the Dialogue About Mental Illness

Broadway by the Bay will be presenting NEXT TO NORMAL a contemporary musical addressing several mental health issues such as ethics in modern psychiatry, mental illness, grief and lose, drug abuse, and the power of love and sheds light on a few subject matters still considered taboo in many communities and allows the opportunity to open the conversation about mental illness and its impact on families.

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NEXT TO NORMAL is a brave and breathtaking musical that the New York Times calls “… a feel everything musical.” The contemporary musical follows the journey of the Goodman family. While on the surface, suburban parents Dan and Diana, and their children Natalie and Gabi appear a “perfect loving family”, beneath the surface shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

NEXT TO NORMAL is running August 11 – 27, 2017 at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City.  For more information visit BroadwayBytheBay.org or check out the flyer.

 

 

 

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.

 

Wellness Matters – July issue

July2017 wellness matters coverBe sure to check out the latest edition of Wellness Matters, San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services e-journal. This issue includes:

– County’s First LGBTQ+ Pride Center Officially Opens
– From the Director’s Desk: A Right or Privilege?
– Health Equity Initiatives: A Ten-Year Review
– Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment Update
– Youth Mental Health First Aid Hosts 100th Class
– New Transportation Benefit for HPSM Medi-Cal Members
– MHSA Program Highlight: Older Adult System of Integrated Services (OASIS)
– Mental Health Matters to our Community!
-TDS and Phoenix Gardens
– And more!

 

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 David Lewis Award

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is now accepting nominations for the Davis Lewis Award, recognizing outstanding contributions towards recovery. The deadline for nominations is August 11, 2017. For more information see the 2017 Davis Lewis Award nomination form .

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: Join NAMI for Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18

In May 2008, the US house of Representatives proclaimed July as Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in recognition that:

  • Improved access to mental health treatment and services and public awareness of mental illness are of paramount importance: and
  • An appropriate month should be recognized to enhance public awareness of mental illness and mental illness among minorities.

Each year, NAMI California invites community members from all over the state to come together for the annual Minority Mental Health Month Capitol Advocacy Day.  Last year, 23 participants from diverse backgrounds and experience came together for this important day  to advocate for bills that would affect thousands of families and peers, conducting a total of 30 legislative office visits in one day!

Join NAMI and community members for their next Capitol Advocacy Day on July 18, 2017.  Learn more on how to apply to attend Minority Mental Health Capitol Advocacy Day.

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