Category Archives: Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

free resource To help San Mateo County Residents Cope with Stress

A new partnership between #SanMateoCounty Behavioral Health & Recovery Services & @Headspace provides free resources (meditations, sleep sounds, movement exercises & more) to help residents cope w/ stresses brought on by #COVID19 pandemic. Sign up here: https://www.headspace.com/san-mateo-county

11/24 – Stigma Free San Mateo Spanish Workshop

Please share with your networks this event for a San Mateo Stigma-Free virtual workshop that the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs and Office of Diversity and Equity will be hosting in Spanish on Tuesday, November 24th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

This presentation will address the negative ideas and myths in regards mental health issues and substance use that often discourages or prevents people from seeking treatment, and how we can help reduce the stigma in our community.

 During these critical times, specially for our vulnerable communities, we reaffirm our commitment to bringing cultural appropriate access to BHRS available resources.

11/20 – Transgender Day of Remembrance

Please join the PRIDE Initiative, the  Office of Diversity and Equity, the San Mateo County LGBTQ+ Commission  and Community Partners on November 20th 4 pm to 5:30 pm for Transgender day of Remembrance.  Registration through https://tinyurl.com/TDOR2020smc.

Start date 11/5 – Parent Project Spanish Class

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center will be hosting a Spanish Parent Project class starting on Thursday, November 5th from 6pm to 8pm. The class will be held weekly for 12 weeks and will allow registration up till week 3. If you are interested in participating in this parenting course, please contact Evelia Chairez at echairez@pcrcweb.org or call (650) 513- 0330 x313.

For more information about the Parent Project, please visit smchealth.org/ParentProject.

11/13 – Race & Coronavirus 3rd Town Hall

Please join us for our third Race & Coronavirus Town Hall event on Friday November 13th from 11am-1pm. You can register for event here. The focus of this town hall will be on CBOs/community organizations and their experience during pandemic. In preparation for this event, we sent out a survey to hear from community organizations, the finding from survey will be presented at Town Hall. Additionally, we will be hearing from SMC leadership on COVID-19 recovery plan.  We will have the opportunity to hear directly from community organization representatives during a panel discussion. Attachment includes event flyer in English and Spanish, please support us by sharing this with you community. 

Thank you so much, I hope to see you all on Nov. 13th!

In Community,
DEC Co- Chairs & Town Hall Planning Committee 

10/21 – DACA Updates & Free Legal COnsultations

Catholic Charities is hosting a DACA update event and free legal consultations on Wednesday, October 21st from 4pm to 6pm. They will be providing DACA updates and legal consultations. Please share with your networks.

Medication Assisted Treatment

According to a recent report40% of adults in the U.S. are dealing with depression, anxiety or substance abuse linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day, over 130 people die from opioid related drug overdoses.  

See the full graphic here.

Much like heart disease or diabetes, addiction is a chronic disease and can be treated and managed. 

Research shows that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat substance use disorders and prevent or reduce opioid overdose. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines behavioral therapy and FDA approved medications (which reduces withdrawal symptoms, cravings, and prevents relapse), and to provide a holistic approach to treating substance use disorders. 

Learn about San Mateo County’s Integrated Medication Assisted Treatment program for alcohol and opioid use at www.smchealth.org/imat or mental health services at www.smchealth.org/bhrsservices 

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