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October 16: Latino Health Forum – Sana Sana Colita De Rana

The San Mateo County Latino Collaborative presents the 8th annual Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana, an event where community members can learn about healthy habits, healthy communities, nutrition and access to mental health services. This year’s theme is “Family and Healing During COVID”. Virtual event will be in Spanish with English translations.

Register at bit.ly/sanasana2021

Join us to learn about county and community resources, Latinx food, poetry, and dance!

County of San Mateo – Government

2021 September Suicide Prevention Month | #Reconnect | Thank You, Highlights and Next Steps

The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee and the BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity thanks you for supporting Suicide Prevention Month!

Some highlights throughout the month include:

– 15 events targeted for various interests, age groups and languages (English and Spanish). Big thank you to the many community partners who hosted these great events
– 350+ estimated to have attended or viewed the recording for the 15 SPM events
– 38,400+ views across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blog social media posts

Next steps:

– Missed some of events? You can watch recordings for some of our events by visiting smchealth.org/suicide-prevention-month.
– Review Suicide Prevention Roadmap (Newly Released): As we close 2021 September Suicide Prevention Month, we are excited to introduce the Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2021-2026 which outlines our strategy for local suicide prevention work beyond this past month. You can find this Roadmap and additional resources at smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.
– Join Suicide Prevention Committee : Stay involved with the Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) which is open to the public. You can just join our mailing list to stay in the loop or you can get more involved and join our meetings and workgroups. To join SPC, contact Sylvia Tang at STang@smcgov.org.

If you know someone who is in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support: call 650-579-0350 (or 1-800-273-8255) or text “BAY” to 741741.

October 9: NAMI Walks Your Way

Our collective mental health needs are at their greatest now.  One in three U.S. adults reported experiencing depression or anxiety since the pandemic began. NAMI’s programs and advocacy are needed more than ever, and with your help, they are pleased to present NAMIWalks Your Way in San Mateo County on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

NAMIWalks will be a virtually virtual experience, united with NAMIWalks across the country. NAMIWalks Your Way means instead of putting one foot in front of the other, you get to put one feat in front of the other: participants get to use their creativity, with the main rule that we continue to advance towards our goal by leaps and bounds.  Learn more about this event.

10/5 – 5th Annual Interfaith National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding

Each year during the first week of October the nation celebrates the Interfaith National Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding. This day is designed to bring together mental health and substance abuse networks and faith leaders together so that they may recognize the importance of behavioral health issues in our community.

On Tuesday, Oct 5, Nami of San Mateo County, Office of Diversity and Equity‘s Spirituality Initiative, San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and numerous faith leaders will virtually host our county’s 5th National Interfaith Day of Prayer for Behavioral Health and Understanding.

Register at smcgov.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrdu-urD0vGtRZWB_91CngrBY0OjXsJm-M

We invite consumers, faith base community, providers, and community to attend this event.

For more info contact Melinda Ricossa at MRicossa@smcgov.org or Isaac Frederick at ifrederick@smcgov.org

Suicide Prevention Month: Find the Words

💬 If you’re worried about someone, mention the behaviors you have been noticing and ask directly about suicide. Saying the words directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” can be difficult, but when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important. Remember you are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you are concerned about a loved one or in crisis yourself.

For full list of free events happening throughout this month in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact one of these 24/7 hotlines: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350 Crisis Text Line: Text “Bay” to 741-741


💬 Si está preocupado por alguien, comience la conversación mencionando los cambios en comportamiento que ha notado y pregunte directamente sobre el suicidio. ¿Decir “estás pensando en el suicidio?” puede ser difícil, pero cuando tiene que ver con el suicidio, estas palabras son las más importantes. Recuerde, no está solo. Si está preocupado por alguien o si usted está en crisis, llame a La Red Nacional para la prevención del Suicidio al 1-888-628-9454.

Para conocer la información sobre los eventos gratuitos y la proclamación de la Junta de Supervisores ingrese a SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

Si usted o alguien a quien conoce tiene pensamientos suicidas, llame a alguna de estas líneas de ayuda, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana: Línea nacional de prevención del suicidio 1-800-273-8255 Línea directa para crisis de StarVista: 650-579-0350 Línea de mensajes de texto ante crisis: Envíe “Bay” al 741-741

9/15- Ask Me Anything: Candid Conversations on Suicide

This Wednesday, join us for an enlightening, educational, and de-stigmatizing discussion about suicide. This “ask me anything” style event will allow audience participants to ask suicide survivors any questions they may have about suicide. Fellow suicide survivors and those who have less opportunity to talk about suicide are welcome. The speakers include three suicide survivors who have graduated from the Lived Experience Academy speakers training.

Recommended for ages 13+

Register at redwoodcity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceGsqTsvHNzvFGtvgK-q-iGKjMmLNsAr

This event is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library and San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services – Office of Diversity and Equity. If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis call the StarVista 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350 or Text “BAY” to 741741

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