Please join the PRIDE Initiative, our sponsors, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the BHRS, Office of Diversity and Equity, the SMC PRIDE Center, the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and our Community Partners for the 9th Annual San Mateo County PRIDE Celebration June 6th-June 12th. This will be our second mostly virtual event. The Purpose of the Annual PRIDE Celebration is to promote health and wellness among the LGBTQ+ Community. To Build a sense of community. To provide info about behavioral health services. Help individuals in marginalized communities seeking services. To provide a free LGBTQ+ positive, sober environment for San Mateo County.
This year’s event will consist of a week-long series of Workshops centered on issues important to the LGBTQ Community and ending on Saturday with a Grand Finale filled with entertainers from our Local Community from 11-2pm, streamed live from the PRIDE Center Facebook page in partnership with PENN TV. So far some of the workshops include a return of the Queer Author’s series which is a collaboration of the SMC LGBTQ+ Commission and SMC Public Libraries. This year the Queer Author’s Series is featuring author George M Johnson with their book All Boys Aren’t Blue: A memoir manifesto on June 9th at 6pm. The SMC PRIDE Center is offering a workshop A Road Map, Tips and Tools for people who identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Binary on June 10th 6-7:30 pm.
The PRIDE Center is offering a SOGIE Training for Community Members on June 7th 6-8 pm. Kaiser is offering a workshop with an Expression Specialist from their Gender Clinic to offer people who identify as Transgender and Gender Non-binary tips on everything from how-to put-on makeup, how to dress and how to walk etc. on June 10th 6-7:30 pm. The Office of Diversity and Equity Health Equity Initiatives will be holding an informative outreach workshop on June 8th 7-8 pm.
On Saturday we will be having our Grand Celebration filmed live at SMC PRIDE Center and streamed on the PRIDE Initiative Facebook page featuring MC Jesus U Betta Work, the return of favorites like local rap artist Aima the Dreamer and the Youth Drag Group from Cappuccino High School the Rebel Kings and much more. To link to our full schedule of events, to register and to stream our Grand Finale go to www.SMCPRIDECelebration.com.
Written by Zachary Comtois, PRIDE Initiative Co-Chair
Mon, 5/10- 6:30pm-7:30pm | Museum of Mental Health Location: Zoom (Registration Form) Details: Visit museum, located on the site of the 130-year-old hospital used as the filming location for the Academy Award-winning movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” and now dedicated to education and fostering understanding of the many issues of mental illness, and helping to remove stigma. Language: English Contact: John Weaver | email@example.com
Wed, 5/12- 1pm-2:30pm | Photovoice Panel Presentation by LEEW & Co Location: Zoom Link or Dial 669-900-6833 (Meeting ID: 934 8070 2047 | Passcode: 207173) Details: The Photovoice ‘Hope for Change’ project theme will encourage participants to frame their Photovoice stories around Hope, Resilience, Community Inclusion and mental health wellness. Their stories will share recovery and wellness journeys and processes in ways that will be clear, concise and connecting journals of human experience that will touch and engage members of the public. Language: English Contact: Jairo Wilches | JWilches@smcgov.org or Lee Harrison | LEHarrison@smcgov.org
Wed, 5/12- 6pm-7pm | Meditation as an Approach to Handle Anxiety Uncertainty Location: Via Zoom (Registration Form) Details: We’re living in a time that often feels confusing and stressful. People are more anxious and many experience a struggle to stay positive and true to our inner core. Through regular meditation, we can experience profound peace, bliss, and happiness. Umesh Bhatia, a long-time meditator, will share the scientific research around meditation and offer a simple meditation technique you can use every day. We look forward to seeing you at this informative and centering experience. Language: English Contact: Jessic Ormonde | Ormonde@smcl.org
If you weren’t able to join us last Saturday, you can watch our 2021 Mental Health Month Kick-Off event here! Look forward to guest speakers commemorating May Mental Health Month, a delightful cooking demo, a calming nature meditation, and debunking of common myths about mental health.
For the full list of free virtual events happening throughout the month of May, visit SMCHealth.org/MHM.
The San Mateo County Tobacco Education Coalition will be hosting a community celebration to honor their collective work toward their vision of a tobacco-free community. They will celebrate the advancement of campaigns that help smokers quit and protect the health and well-being of all non-smoking youth and adults, and honor and acknowledge youth, young adults, organizations, and champions that have elevated tobacco education initiatives, policies and practices that protect the health of San Mateo County residents. Register to join the celebration on May 5 at 3 PM.
You are invited to help plan 2021 May Mental Health Month (MHM) in San Mateo County! Most of our events and efforts will be virtual.
We will be meet the below dates on Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm via Zoom. The calendar invitation (will be sent later today) includes May dates which we will likely cancel so we can make time for special MHM events. For more meeting information, please see attached document.
You have the following options to join the meeting virtually via Zoom:
Join the OCFA Advocacy Academy 2021, presented by The Copeland Center for those BHRS clients and family members who want to make a difference.
The Advocacy Academy is for individuals with behavioral health challenges and their family members who want to learn skills to be effective advocates within BHRS and beyond. Learn the skills to bring your voice to the BHRS committees, Health Equity Initiatives and all other workgroups. Advocate for positive change, social inclusion, consumer & family education and outreach, and much more.
Training provided by trainers with Lived Experience from The Copeland Center for Wellness & Recovery.
Date: Six consecutive Thursdays: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1. Time: From 1 to 3:30 PM Location: On Zoom
For more information or to apply, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jairo at 650-573-2890. Stipends will be provided.
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm
San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is pleased to present The Art of the Possible: Raising Resilient Children and Teens. This free virtual event is next week, on Wednesday, January 27th, from 5:30-6:30pm. There will be live Spanish translation during the event. More information in flyers below.
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.
The Center for Healthy Communities within the California Department of Public Health has partnered with the Mexican Consulate to host a series of four COVID-19 Facebook Live events on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. (60 minutes each).
The target audience are the Latino and Farmworker Spanish speaking communities.