Category Archives: Children/Youth & Family

March 31- District 5 Together: A World United

Join San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa for the second annual cultural & resource fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 31 at Jefferson High School. For more details, check out the event on Facebook or Eventbrite.

A World United - English

For information in Spanish and Chinese… Read more

NAMI SMC Seeks Bilingual Family Partners

NAMI SMC is looking for bilingual Family Partners for the new HOPE (Helping Our Peers Emerge) project. HOPE is a colloboration between NAMI SMC, Heart & Soul, California Clubhouse and BHRS,  designed to provide peer and family support services to assist individuals who are in psychiatric hospital settings and help them successfully transition back into the community.

NAMI is seeking full or part time Family Partners who are bilingual in Mandarn/Cantonese and English, or Spanish and English. See the job description for more information.

Lived Experience Academy is back

The Lived Experience Academy is training consumers and family members to share their recovery stories in order to empower themselves and others, educate the health system and dispel stigma. Dinner will be provided at every session and those who complete the academy will be awarded a cash stipend. To participate, candidates must complete and return applications to Lee Harrison by Thursday, February 22. Please share the information below with family and friends who may be interested.

Lived Experience Academy Final

Tomorrow, 2/13- LGBTQ+ Safer Sex Workshop for Teens

If you’re an LGBTQ+ teen interested in learning about safer sex, stop by the San Mateo Public Library Community Room from 4 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow evening. Check out the Facebook post below for more information.

StarVista Launches New Youth Website With Peer to Peer Chat Services

Written by Nicole Marshall, Youth Outreach Coordinator

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           As of January 2018, StarVista, a San Mateo County community based mental health provider, is excited to announce the launching of its fully renovated youth website, This represents a huge success as it represents an expansion of services, and is also a win for the teen volunteers who run the site and have advocated for the changes. The site focuses on mental health and suicide prevention education, offering teen blogs and instant peer to peer chat. Teens are encouraged to seek direct support on a wide range of topics including relationships, stress, bullying, depression, identity, and health. New to the site are several redesigned interactive features: blogs allow visitors of the site to ask questions and leave comments, and new chat software allows seamless connection to fully trained teen counselors Monday through Thursday from 4:30PM to 9:30PM. The best part? and its chat services are now completely mobile accessible. Read more

St. Brendan Students Deliver Holiday Care Packages to North County

St. Brendan care packageThe North County Spanish Speaking Care Group was honored to receive holiday care packages from St. Brendan School this year. Bears In Action students Samantha, Bella and George (pictured with North County Adult staff), came to the clinic in December bringing these wonderful gifts. The children created a project they called “Remember the Forgotten,” and through their own initiative, raised funds and created gift packages of toiletries and other self-care items for clients attending the Spanish Care Group.

The care group is a rehabilitation and support group for our clients living in board and cares, who may be more isolated, especially during the holidays. The warmth and kindness we aim to achieve during the holidays are exemplified by the efforts of these young children. On behalf of the clients of North County, thank you St. Brendan School!

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