Category Archives: Announcement

9/18 | Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19 Livestream

Please join us this Friday, 9/18 for Diversity and Equity Council‘s(DEC) Live Stream on Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19. The Live Stream will be hosted through San Mateo County Health’s Facebook and will be discussing how to stay connected safely, strategies to keep community traditions alive and coping tips for older adults and youth.

The event will be hosted from 2:00-3:00pm in English and then again from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Spanish. Here are the links for both events: 

We look forward to hearing from you then! Please share our flyer with your networks.

Parent Project Fall 2020 All Class FLyer | Eng & Sp

The Parent Project® is a free, 14-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. While we are still currently confirming our All-Class flyer, we wanted to share our first two confirmed classes starting in September. All classes are virtual and will take place via Zoom.

For more information about the Parent Project, please contact Kristie Lui at kflui@smcgov.org or visit SMChealth.org/ParentProject.

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

SP Roadmap Art

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

SP Roadmap Public Input 2025

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

Free COVID-19 Testing for HPSM Members

Attention All BHRS Staff:

What would you say if there were multiple, free COVID testing sites throughout the County? What if the testing did not require a doctor’s referral? What if you could have the test results in less than 48 hours?

In our quest to develop our own testing resources within BHRS, we have been able to leverage additional resources along the way. Therefore, it brings me great pleasure to share with you that HPSM has partnered with GoHealth to provide free COVID testing services for HPSM members. Any HPSM member can now access COVID testing through GoHealth at no cost and no referral with 48 hour turnaround times.

You can learn more about the program here.

Here are the testing site locations:

HPSM has three Dignity GoHealth Urgent Care locations:

Daly City Clinic   325 Gellert Blvd., Daly City, CA 94015 | 650-270-2394

San Bruno Clinic: 1310 El Camino Real Unit I/J, San Bruno, CA 94066| 650-270-2395

Redwood City Clinic: 830 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City, CA 94063 | 650-381-0616

PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR CLIENTS THAT NEED A TESTING RESOURCE!

7/15- MHSA Three-Year Plan Review – Special Meeting

The Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Commission (MHSARC) will hold a special meeting on July 15th at 3pm and vote to submit the following two MHSA items to the Board of Supervisors: 

  • MHSA Three-Year Plan, Fiscal Year 2020-23 – updated 7/6/20
  • Plan to Spend $5M One-Time Funds – COVID impacts 

The 30-day public comment period closed on Friday, July 3rd.  All public comments have been posted on the MHSA website.

A summary of actions and next steps is included below:

Plan to Spend $5M One-Time Funds on COVID-related impacts
At the Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 1st all comments received for the $5M One-Time Plan were reviewed. The $5M One-Time Plan was amended to include information on the two line items related to stop gaps and is available on the MHSA website.

MHSA Three-Year Plan, Fiscal Year 2020 – 2023
Due to the high number of substantive comments received overall, the MHSARC postponed the review to the July 15th scheduled special meeting. The meeting is open to the public and there will be a time on the meeting agenda for public comment.

For more information, please email Doris Estremera at DEstremera@smcgov.org.

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 bit.ly/2020mham 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

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