Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.
This year, we partnered with local agencies and libraries from the San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System to promote over 40 MHAM events (nearly double the amount we hosted last year!) free and open to the public throughout the county. This partnership was formed to bring a national and statewide mental health movement to a local and familiar community space – public libraries. Given this partnership, this year’s MHAM theme is “Words of Wellness” in which we will spread the messages of hope, resiliency and inclusion in our libraries and elsewhere in the community.
See a complete list of our MHAM Events here!
Visit the MHAM webpage to learn more.
The District 5 Together: Census 2020 will be hosted by San Mateo County Supervisor David J. Canepa, and is being held for its third year at Jefferson High School in Daly City on Saturday, March 30th, 11 am – 4 pm.
The event this year will showcase the greatest “old school” DJs from the late 1980s and ‘90s combined with a younger crop of DJs who are currently emerging in north San Mateo County for entertainment.
It will also be a platform to promote the county’s effort related to Census 2020. We need to ensure that every resident in the county is counted, young and old, so that we secure the federal dollars needed to provide critical health care, public safety and food assistance to those most in need.
The fair will also feature about 50 resource tables from various organizations, county departments and nonprofits to educate the public on various services they may be eligible for. The fair will also feature Irish dancers, a youth orchestra and food prepared by various Jefferson High School clubs. The event is free to the public and is an incredibly family-friendly event.
RSVP via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-5-together-census-2020-hosted-by-san-mateo-county-supervisor-david-j-canepa-tickets-57122976360
If you know a non-profit organization or department that should be in our resource table area, direct them to this online form to request a spot: https://goo.gl/forms/xgwTVtSWHqBjOd4C3.
Black History Month offers an opportunity to acknowledge the proud history of African American activism and community-building in San Mateo County. The African American Community Initiative (AACI) Black History Month Celebration – one of the longest-standing County acknowledgements of this national heritage month – aims to support the behavioral health of Black communities through education, food and fun. This year’s event, It Takes a Village: Building Strong Black Families, takes place on Feb. 16th in East Palo Alto and will feature workshops on healthy food, community building, and a keynote speech on wellbeing in San Mateo County.
Learn more about the event and read the full Wellness Matters article.
Read more articles in this month’s Wellness Matters Newsletter.
Hosted by: The International Institute of the Bay Area
Day: Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Times: 9am, 10am, 11am
Location: Hillsdale High School Cafeteria / 3115 Del Monte St. San Mateo, CA 94403
At the event, you will receive FREE eligibility screening, application assistance and review of your application by Immigration Attorneys and DOJ Accredited Representatives.
What you need to do:
- Bring your confirmation number!
- Be on time! If you arrive late, we may not be able to assist you.
- You must apply in person. No-one else can apply for you.
- Bring all your required documents with you.
Register and view the full workshop description and required documents HERE!
Note that the event date has changed to February 16th.
More information on the event.
In October, the Phoenix Garden Project located at the Youth Services Center in San Mateo hosted the Young Men’s Service League (YMSL), a group of about teenage sons and their mothers, for a fun and productive workday. From 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., this energetic team helped revitalize a formerly moribund garden by planting artichokes, onions, garlic and an assortment of cover crops; planted a meadow of native California bunch grass; and built three picnic tables spread throughout the garden. BHRS Youth Clinical Services Manager, Regina Moreno helped guide the volunteers throughout the day.
The Phoenix Garden Project depends on amazing groups like YMSL to move our vision forward. Be sure to stop by the garden and enjoy your lunch on one of our new picnic tables and see the incredible progress being made at this wonderful community resource.
The Phoenix Garden Project holds monthly community volunteer days, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., every third Saturday, for anyone interested in helping to develop this healing space. Please contact Toni DeMarco, or Regina Moreno for more information.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors the Indigenous peoples of America. In this year’s 2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day, held on October 8, community members gathered in East Palo Alto. A collaboration with many community partners including the Native and Indigenous Peoples’ Initiative (NIPI) and Nuestra Casa, the event hosted resource tables, workshops and a community dinner.
There was a strong sense of family this year, as there were many youth who attended. The day was opened with a four directions blessing and continued to four workshops including drumming, nature sounds, and paper bag puppets. The sound based workshops had a special way of re-grounding everyone through mindfulness and release. Following, was a wonderful performance by danzantes, or dancers. To conclude the day, there was a tasty dinner of Pozole and spicy chile. The intimate dinner provided the opportunity to reflect on the day, in which community members and providers had the opportunity to realize the value of different identities coming together to find wellness— for when we connect with ourselves and others, we are more likely to feel fewer symptoms of anxiety and feel more grounded.
Yesterday the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee and BHRS hosted the 11th annual Housing Heroes awards, honoring exceptional individuals who have gone above and beyond in providing and maintaining housing for those with mental health and/or substance use issues.
San Mateo County Supervisor Carol Groom commended the honorees for their important work, and stressed just how meaningful it is for each of us to have a warm bed to come home to at the end of the day. Clients also spoke about how they’ve benefited from the help of our Housing Heroes.
Securing affordable housing in this county can be challenging these days, and stigma creates an additional barrier for those with mental health or substance use issues. You don’t need to be a property owner or a policy maker to be a part of the solution. We all have the power to help create communities where those with behavioral health issues are welcomed as friends, coworkers and neighbors.