To conclude our week of virtual events in honor of SMC LGBTQ+ Pride 2020, please join us for our Grand Celebration on Saturday, June 13th from 11am to 2pm. Watch the stream on facebook.com/PRIDEInitiativeSMC. See you there!
“We don’t heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell
Express Unity and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).
This week, help put an end to stigma and promote community wellness by expressing unity as part of the mental health movement:
● Create messages of encouragement and hope on your windows with sticky notes to show your support. Leave positive messages and doodles for your family members, your roommates or yourself! Click here to get started. Then snap a photo and share it on social media.
How do people and communities deal with difficult events and challenges like a serious illness, the death of a loved one, relationship problems, the loss of a job, and other traumatic events? How can we provide support to our loved ones when they are struggling?
Research shows that resiliency —or the ability to “bounce back” after difficult experiences—is not an innate trait, but rather a complex set of behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned and strengthened. And one of the best ways to build resiliency is by fostering connections with the people around you, whether that’s people in your community or your friends and family. Strong, supportive relationships with close family, friends, and loved ones are a key element for a happier and healthier life.
This week, strengthen your community by expressing encouragement to those around you:
Share one of the Each Mind Matters Affirmation Cards with a friend, family member, colleague, or even a stranger. You can download a printable version or share these via social media.
We all need some extra encouragement from time to time. Print and hang this poster to brighten someone’s day.
View and share messages of hope and recovery from the #BeTheOneSMC photo gallery.
“California Clubhouse is seeing GREEN! We are excited to celebrate and show our support this Mental Health Awareness Month by launching our YouTube channel where we will post videos with the theme “Each Mind Matters: Express Yourself”. This month, we are working with our community to post 30 seconds videos “focusing on how expressing ourselves in different way can raise awareness about mental health.”
We are asking our greater San Mateo County community to post #ExpressYourself videos to raise awareness and break down stigma – 30 seconds is all you need! Post on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages and share with family and friends!
The impacts of COVID-19 have touched us all. However, it has been particularly concerning for our marginalized communities. The pandemic has highlighted how individuals with lack of adequate health insurance coverage, employment instability, economic uncertainty and limited ability to physically distance due to their work or housing situations are at greater risk of the physical and mental health impacts of COVID-19.