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Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum Inspires Hope

foster youth pop up pic“It’s going to get better” — those are the words of a young man who grew up in the foster care system to anyone who finds themselves in the same painful place.

“Growing up in the system, you’re first afraid, scared and nervous. It’s not your fault. You’re just a victim in all of this. I want you to know it’s going to get better.

“You’re somebody worth caring for. You’re somebody worth believing in.”

His message was shared during the County of San Mateo’s first Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum, a one-day event held recently in downtown Redwood City.

Youth currently in foster care were joined by former foster youth who shared their artwork and messages of hope and inspiration with the public and each other.

Continue reading about the Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum here.

BHRS Coastside Clinic Hosts Open House

On Thursday, May 24 BHRS Coastside Outpatient Clinic held an open house reception for the community as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. It was attended by representatives from other Coastside agencies, staff of the primary care clinic housed in the same building, members of the community, clients and their families, and BHRS staff from Pre to Three and Total Wellness.

Coastside Open House

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June 16 – 2018 SMC Pride Celebration

The San Mateo County Pride Initiative proudly presents the county’s sixth annual LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration on June 16 at San Mateo Central Park. This year’s theme is Celebrate. Resist. Unite.

A number of dynamic artists are already confirmed, including Josie Day, Lady Char and the Sistahs of the Drum Collective. Stop by to enjoy family-friendly activities, resource booths, food trucks and more.

Help us celebrate health, wellness and pride throughout the LGBTQ+ and entire San Mateo County community at this sober event, where all are welcome. See www.smcpride2018.com for updates and information.

Intergenerational Feast Bridges AANHPI Communities

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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.

 

June 21 – Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

A young person you know may be experiencing a mental health condition or crisis. Teachers, staff, and our entire school community can help youth get the support they need early on and maintain a high quality of life.

In just one day, learn how you can help someone in distress and get the tools to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.

When? Thursday, June 21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Where?
San Mateo County Office of Education

Spots are still available, so be sure to register ASAP! For more information, contact Natalie Andrade or see the event flier.

TODAY, May 23 – Waverly Place Apartments Grand Opening

The long awaited grand opening of the Waverly Place Apartments will take place today from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at 105 Fifth Avenue, Redwood City. Lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers faced by those living with behavioral health issues in San Mateo County.

With the support of the Mental Health Services Act, Measure K and other funding sources, Waverly Place is introducing 16 supported housing units for individuals with severe mental illness. Stop by the grand opening grand opening today, and check out this Wellness Matters article for more information.

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May 24 – Coastside Behavioral Health Clinic Open House

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year we are focused on bridging all of our San Mateo County communities to wellness. This Thursday, May 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. come learn about the mental health services provided on the coast at our upcoming open house at the Coastside Behavioral Health Clinic.

PROGRAM:
Welcome & Introduction
Service Presentation
Referral Process
Tours

Snacks and refreshments will be provided! Check out the Facebook event for more information.

Questions? Contact Giovanna Fattorini-Ocampo at 650-573-3650 or gfattorini-ocampo@smcgov.org.

May 11 – 11th Annual East Palo Alto Family Awareness Night

Sponsored by the East Palo Alto Behavioral Health Advisory Group and convened by One East Palo Alto, the 11th Annual East Palo Alto Family Awareness Night will be on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at 1195 Hamilton Court, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

The evening will include a dinner, a discussion on mental health. Community members will have a safe place to engage in and share lived experiences about the different phases of substance use and prevention in order to promote physical, mental, spiritual and cultural wellness.

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