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Mark Your Calendars for 2020 May Mental Health Awareness Month!

Colleagues and friends,

Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can promote wellness and reduce stigma against those facing mental health and substance use issues.

Starting today, San Mateo County is joining Each Mind Matters, California’s Statewide Mental Health Movement, in promoting the theme #ExpressYourself. As we celebrate 2020 MHAM, we are focusing on how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness and strengthen our communities. Due to COVID-19, all of our events will be taking place virtually this year. Look forward to virtual open mics, paint and dance classes, mental health panels, and more! All events will be FREE and available to the public.

Stay tuned every week in May for weekly emails:

Week 1: Express Your Support

Week 2: Express Your Well-being

Week 3: Express Encouragement

Week 4: Express Unity

Please share with your clients, friends, family and community the attached flyer or this website where you can get more updates and details.

We appreciate any level of support you can give to promote MHAM!

In community,

BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) and 2020 MHAM Planning Committee

4/29 – MHSA Strategy Prioritization

The MHSA Steering Committee on April 29th will be conducted over Zoom online conference, which can also be attended through the conference line provided for over-the-phone access.  The meeting is open to the public. The agenda and presentation slides are now posted on the MHSA website.

MHSA Steering Committee Meeting – Strategy Prioritization
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 / 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Zoom Meeting: 
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 125 761 698
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,125761698# 

We conducted 28 input sessions, engaging well over 400 individuals in developing strategies for our prioritized needs.  We have organized all recommendations received into proposed MHSA Strategic Initiatives, I’m excited to share this with you. We will be reviewing all 20+ strategies and hearing from clients and family members who have prepared pre-recorded public comments* to share their stories related to the areas of work we are proposing. 

Hope you are all staying safe during these unprecedented times – thank you for your help in making San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services a better community partner!

* Public Participation: All members of the public can offer comment at this public meeting. During the meeting, participants will be muted, and chat disabled to prevent background noise and disruptions. The host(s) will unmute one participant at a time during the Q&A and Public Comment portions of the meeting. If you would like to speak, please click on the icon labeled “Participants” at the bottom center of the Zoom screen then click on “Raise Hand”. The host(s) will unmute you in the order in which the hand raise notification is received. Please limit your question/comments to 1-2 minutes, the host(s) will be monitoring the time. Share screen and chat will be disabled. The meeting will be recorded.

Questions and public comments can also be submitted via email to There will be a 30-day public comment period once the draft MHSA 3-Year Plan is published.

Zoom Meeting:
Dial in: +1 669 900 6833 / Meeting ID: 125 761 698

5/1- Race & Coronavirus Townhall

To register click here.

On behalf of the Diversity and Equity Council (DEC), please join community partners in a discussion on COVID-19 related impacts o people of color, LGBTQ+, and low-income communities. We will discuss priorities and strategies to support or communities.

For questions or additional information, please contact the DEC Co-Chairs Brenda Nunez at | (650) 477-4295 or Frances Lobos at | (650) 372-3272

Hotline for California Seniors to Stay Connected Amid COVID-19

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In.” campaign to combat social isolation and food insecurity among seniors vulnerable to COVID-19 in California.

The Governor also announced the creation of a statewide hotline — 833-544-2374 — in coordination with the non-profit local 2-1-1 systems, so that Californians have a one-stop shop to answer their questions and get assistance during this crisis. The 2-1-1 system is able to help older Californians access grocery and medication delivery while staying at home.

Read more here.

Extended Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

The Health Officer of San Mateo County has issued a new, generally more restrictive Shelter-In-Place Order effective at 11:59 pm on March 31, 2020. You can find the order here.

This Order is in effect until May 3, 2020 and with it comes new regulations for restaurants and grocery stores still in operation. Please be patient as the FAQs are updated to reflect the new Order.

For more info and answers to general questions, click here.

Join the 2020 Census Challenge!

County Health Officer’s March 23 Statement: COVID-19

See the San Mateo County Health Officer, Dr. Scott Morrow’s most recent statement on COVID-19 posted on March 23, which provides a better understanding of where we find ourselves today, and the critical need for everyone to shelter in place.

You can also read his previous statements from 3/16/20, 3/10/20, 3/5/20, and 2/27/20 here:

Get the latest San Mateo County Health COVID-19 news and information at

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

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