Category Archives: Announcement

10/8 – NAMIWalks Your Way 2022

NAMIWalks Your Way 2022 is coming to San Mateo County for the very first time on Saturday, October 8th at Seal Point Park in San Mateo. NAMIWalks Your Way is an opportunity to unite and magnify mental health awareness across the country. We’re all in this together, and together we walk towards a future where Mental Health for All is a reality.  

Participate in person or virtually – or walk separately with a group of friends in solidarity. You can also create your own team or join the BHRS team!    

The event is open to people from all walks of life and will provide information on local mental health resources.   

Event details: 
Date: Saturday, October 8th 
Time: 9am-1pm (Walk starts at 10:15am)  
In-person Location: Seal Point Park (1901 J Hart Clinton Dr, San Mateo)  
Virtual Location to be announced. Check the link below for updates.  
Contact: Ginny Traub | ginny@namisanmateo.org | 650-393-3682 

More information and registration link can be found here.  

9/14 – Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Community Input Meeting

Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) Community Input Session

September 14, 2022, 6pm

We are looking for input on Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Innovation approved funding to support the mental wellness of NHPI youth.  Join us in a discussion about the needs of NHPI youth in San Mateo County. Register here.

Please share with your networks.

For more information visit smchealth.org/bhrs/mhsa.

*NEW* BHRS’ Office of Diversity Job Opportunities Available!

San Mateo County Health, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS), Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is hiring for various job opportunities!  ODE advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. There are opportunities to work in each of the four ODE strategic pathways; 1) Workforce Transformation, 2) Community Engagement, 3) Strategic Partnerships and 3) Policies & System Change. 

Applicants should have a passion for programs that advance diversity, inclusion and equity in behavioral health outcomes. To view the various job opportunities and instructions on applying, visit https://www.smchealth.org/pod/job-internship-opportunities. Those with lived experience as a person in recovery from mental health and/or substance use conditions or as a family member of someone who has behavioral health conditions and/or with experience as a member of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and/or marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about BHRS’ Office of Diversity and Equity, please visit here.

BHRS’ ODE Internship Program – Deadline 5/13

The BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) advances health equity in behavioral health outcomes of marginalized communities throughout San Mateo County. ODE is dedicated to addressing health inequities and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use and supporting wellness and recovery in San Mateo County. ODE works to achieve these goals by promoting cultural humility and competence, which are rooted in principles of
social justice. To learn more about BHRS ODE’s work, visit www.smchealth.org/bhrs/ODE.

More information about the internship in the application below.

2022 May Mental Health Month #SMCTakeAction4MH

Hello, 

As many of you know, May is Mental Health Month or, as we also like to call it, the lime greenest time of the year! This year’s theme, adopted from the statewide campaign, is #SMCTakeAction4MH. The theme encourages everyone to take actionable steps to address mental health and substance use matters. Over the past two years, the pandemic has been especially challenging for many of us. Your mental health is more important than ever. Throughout the month, learn ways you can take action to improve your communities’ mental wellness!

Each year we partner with local agencies and community members to offer free events throughout San Mateo County. This year, we are offering both in-person and virtual events!

To find our full calendar of events, learn ways to get involved, and find behavioral health resources. Visit our website here: SMCMentalHealthMonth.org.

Please promote Mental Health Month with your communities and networks by sharing our promo flyer and utilizing our virtual backgrounds.

In community, 

Kristie & Sylvia
Co-Chairs, May Mental Health Month Planning Committee
Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity

Sylvia Tang | She/Her/她
stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Kristie Lui | She/Her/她
kflui@smcgov.org

March 31: Filipinx Kwentuhan: Equity through Art Webinar

When: March 31st 6pm-7pm

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsce2hrD4vGNcPA4inP9HQmIqwFfTt-0_F

Description: Every culture has a storytelling tradition. In the Filipinx diaspora, kwentuhan (storytelling) is a way of remembering and honoring ancestors, preserving histories, and reconnecting with kapwa. It has also provided a path to resisting invisibility. From the time the first Filipinos landed in California in 1587 to the time they began settling in San Mateo County in the 1920s, storytelling has always been part of the fabric of the community’s lived experience. Equity Through Art Series’ “Filipinx Kwentuhan” will feature unique stories of resilience, healing and bayanihan in the Filipinx community in San Mateo County. The webinar panel will be moderated by Aileen Cassinetto, San Mateo County Poet Laureate, and feature Matthew Abaya, Filmmaker; Stephanie Balon, Co-Chair of the SMC BHRS Filipino Mental Health Initiative; Joanne Boston, events producer with a focus on community art and culture; Carly Burton, Jefferson High school Student and filmmaker; and Rosie Tejada, President of the Jefferson Union High School District Board of Trustees.

As we, in San Mateo County, reckon with racial inequities, it’s critical to understand the history that got us to where we are today. The Equity through Art Series, a partnership between the County Library, BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity, and the Chief Equity Officer at the County of San Mateo, takes us on a journey to understand the experiences of Black, Indigenous, Communities of Color, through their voices and stories. For the full series, visit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuc5tf7EL6P7G4UatPRBuPqQ0LmP1PHNa. Please join us for Filipinx Kwentuhan Webinar on March 31st from 6-7pm.

2022 Mental Health Month Planning Committee Schedule

You are invited to San Mateo County’s 2022 May Mental Health Month Planning Committee hosted by Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Office of Diversity and Equity. The virtual meetings are open to the public.

Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm

February 24
March 24
April 14
June 9

Stipends are available for those who identify as behavioral health clients or family members. Language Interpretation is provided if needed. To reserve language services. Please contact us at least one week prior to meeting.

Request For Bids: Consultant Trainers for Race, Health & Equity Staff Training

Attached is the REVISED RFQ for Consultant Trainers for Race Health and Equity Staff Trainings at San Mateo County Health. The new deadline for submissions is Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 PM PDT.

Bids may be submitted through the public purchase portal http://www.publicpurchase.com/   or via email to jareyes@smcgov.org.

Thanks in advance for sharing this announcement with other well-qualified individuals and/or organizations.  We look forward to receiving your response. 

Tonight: Equitable Recovery Forum

TONIGHT: Join a virtual forum on October 26 from 5-6:30 pm to share with us what are your top needs and priorities for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The meetings will be available via Zoom: https://smcgov.zoom.us/j/92179129206 or Dial-in: 669-900-6833 Visit: https://cmo.smcgov.org/smc-equity

HOY: Únase a un foro virtual el 26 de octubre de 5 a 6:30 pm para compartir con nosotros cuáles son sus principales necesidades y prioridades para una recuperación equitativa de la pandemia de COVID-19. Para obtener más información, visite https://cmo.smcgov.org/smc-equity

今晚:参加 下午5 点至 6:30的虚拟论坛,分享您对于 COVID-19 大流行中公平恢复的首要需求和优先事项。会议将通过 Zoom 提供:https://smcgov.zoom.us/j/92179129206 或致电 669-900-6833。请访问:https://cmo.smcgov.org/smc-equity.

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