The North County Youth and School Based Mental Health teams had their second annual holiday party at the Mike Nevin Health Center.
Approximately 40 children and their family members attended this fun filled event. Activities included a Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza table, as well as arts and crafts activities. Children and their families were treated to an array of food, goody bags, and raffle prizes.
StarVista’s Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) is seeking youth ages 16-24 to become Health Ambassadors. The training covers common challenges in mental wellness, signs and risks of suicide, suicide prevention and how to access mental health services. Trained Ambassadors will help raise awareness and increase access to behavioral health services.
Participants can receive community service hours or internship hours in collaboration with their academic institutions. Additionally, a completion bonus of $700 is distributed to those who participate in the program.
The next training starts in January 2019. For more information, contact Brenda Nunez, Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Downlaod the HAP-Y flyer.
In partnershship with the San Mateo County Youth Commission, BHRS’ new education initiative aims to teach youth about the health effects of cannabis use. Check out www.cannabisdecoded.org (Parents, we have resources for you too!) and the accompanying Instagram account, @cannabis_decoded today.
Trauma Informed Care
For many years, conversations around posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have primarily focused on military veteran populations returning from war. Keeping in mind that exposure to life-threatening, traumatic experiences are not just limited to military veterans, efforts are being made to shed light on other groups that are also impacted by PTSD. One of those groups includes students of color in historically marginalized communities.
1 in 3 students of color living in historically marginalized communities display symptoms of mild to severe PTSD.
In other words, youth of color are twice as likely to experience mild to severe symptoms of PTSD compared to soldiers returning from live combat.
Poverty, institutional racism, homicide, and neighborhood disinvestment represent some of many exposures linked to PTSD among students of color. However, the conversation doesn’t end there.
PTSD assumes a person will experience physical, mental, and emotional distress after being exposed to a traumatic life experience. For students of color, that exposure is continuous. Living in a historically marginalized community means that students will return to and experience traumatic events/conditions such as poverty, institutional racism, homicide, and neighborhood disinvestment, on a daily basis. PTSD on its own does not capture the complexity of those experiences. Thus, students of color living in communities with high exposures to such conditions may actually be experiencing Complex Posttraumatic Disorder, or CPTSD.
Parent Project graduates taking Youth Mental Health First Aid at Mills High School in April 2018
When parents and caregivers sign up to take the 12 week Parent Project course, they might not know what is in store for them. A sense of community is built in those short weeks and the knowledge gained sparks a deeper interest to continue learning to help others and their children.
By offering a Youth Mental Health First Aid training after Parent Project, parents and caregivers learn why knowing the signs of a mental health challenge or crisis, including suicide, can help their children. For many, their children are first generation U.S. born children, who face the challenges of growing up in a culture different from their parents. For many parents and caregivers attending the training, trying to understand the world their children are growing up in and finding the support from their peers in the room is the most beneficial aspect of their time in the class.
The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. For more information, please contact Frances Lobos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course is an 8-hour public education training program designed for any adult working with or assisting young people, ages 12-24. For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid, please contact Natalie Andrade at email@example.com
To learn more about other programs and classes similar to these, visit the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE)’s website here.
Written by Natalie Andrade, YMHFA Program Coordinator
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities have traditionally faced increased barriers to behavioral health care, including cultural stigma and limited access to culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
This past Sunday, an intergenerational feast bridged AANHPI communities across ethnicities and generations, empowering them towards wellness. The Chinese Health Initiative, Filipino Mental Health Initiative and Pacific Islander Initiative collaborated to plan the event. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa co-sponsored the feast.
The evening featured speakers who highlighted the importance of mental wellness, cultural performances and of course, delicious food.
On Tuesday May 1st, Westmoor High School in Daly City will be hosting a Parent Education night for May Mental Health Awareness Month. This will occur between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Panelists will talk about different concerns that students may face such as student stress, mental health concerns, and suicide. This is a great opportunity for parents to gain additional information and support. A FREE dinner will be served, and there will be Spanish interpretation services available as well. RSVP Links Below!
Please let your community and networks know of this free event!
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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.
For information in Spanish and Chinese… Read more
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.
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.