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Opportunity to Shape 2021 Mental Health Month in San Mateo County

Hello, Everyone!

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.

February 25

March 11

March 25

April 8

April 22

June 3

You have the following options to join the meeting virtually via Zoom:

  1. Open web browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86392185483 (Meeting ID: 863 9218 5483)
  2. One tap mobile +16699006833,,86392185483# US (San Jose)
  3. Dial by your location:  +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) (Meeting ID: 863 9218 5483)

We hope to see you there!

2/20- 29th Annual Black History Month Virtual Celebration

You are invited to the 29th Annual Black History Month Celebration! This event is being hosted by our African American Community Initiative in partnership with the City of Daly. This 2-hour event will be hosted virtually on Saturday February 20th at 10:30

To register click here.


For more details and registration information please see attached pdf flyer below

Parent Project Spring 2021 All Class Flyer

The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:

  • appropriate ways to discipline
  • preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
  • improving communication skills
  • improving grades and school attendance

For more information about Parent Project visit smchealth.org/ParentProject.

Congrats to BurlingaMe High School for 1st place in the Directing Change Hope & Justice Category!

The Directing Change Program launched a new category in September 2020 and the second round of winners have been announced here. The Hope & Justice category is an opportunity for youth living through history to express their feelings and to inspire others through art. Open young people ages 12-25, submissions are accepted in all art forms: original music, dance, spoken word, poems, short films, Tik Tok and more. Youth can select from three topics: Hope, Justice, or a monthly prompt. Submissions around “Hope” focus on sharing personal stories about what gives us hope during these challenging times and how we practice self-care. The “Justice” option asks youth to share a personal experience with discrimination or injustice that allows others to feel empathy, or entries can educate others about bias and encourage youth to take a stand against injustice when they see it.

  • October’s prompt was “Creative Ways to Measure 6-feet Physical Distancing” and asks youth to use their creativity to tell us how they creatively measure 6 feet physical distancing and why it’s important that we all practice this to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Hope & Justice Category Winner:

“Our short film is meant to inspire hope by documenting how writing poetry has given me (Ryan) a sense of hope during this pandemic. Mainly, it focuses on how poetry acts as an escape from all the stress and gloom of the current state of the world. The message is not specifically about poetry, but finding something or someone that can help cope with difficult emotions.”

To learn more about Directing Change and the Hope and Justice Category and to submit your art, visit: www.DirectingChangeCA.org  

2/25 – Black History Month Intergenerational Dinner

On February 25th from 6-7:30 pm, join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a virtual Black History Month Intergenerational Dinner. In partnership with the African American Community Initiative, the Pride Initiative, and the LGBT Commission, we encourage members of the San Mateo Black and African Diaspora to celebrate a night of Afro-LGBTQ history. Mark your calendars, bring your food, and share community as we engage in an interactive presentation and group dialogue about the dinner theme, “We Are Because They Do”. For more information, please contact Azisa Todd at azisa.todd@sanmateopride.org

Please use this link to register to attend: https://tinyurl.com/BlackHistoryDinner  This is a free space open to all community members.

Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

According to The White House, the new executive order explicitly aims to advance racial equity in the federal government, eliminates restrictions on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion(DEI) training, and disbands the 1776 Commission. It also establishes a Domestic Policy Council to explore opportunities for centering equity in federal work and charges the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with establishing best practices for equity measurement.

President Biden states in his order,

“It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.  Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government.”

For the full executive order, read here.

Two Parent Project Spring 2021 Courses Starting 2/23 & 2/24

We are excited to share two of our confirmed Parent Project courses for Spring 2021. Facilitated by StarVista, both courses will be offered in Spanish and virtually. Please see the attached flyers for more information about schedule and how to register. Contact Kristie Lui at kflui@smcgov.org for any questions.

For more information about the Parent Project, please visit smchealth.org/ParentProject.

COVID-19 Vaccination: It Matters in Saving Black Lives

Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9am-12:30pm please join this event to discuss and learn about Covid-19 Vaccination: It Matters in Saving Black Lives. The Town Hall will address facts, fears and myths pertaining to Covid-19 vaccination.

To register and participate in this free virtual town hall, visit mhinst.org.

Congratulations to our Virtual Parent Project Fall ’20 Graduates!

Congratulations to another successful virtual graduation for our Parent Project graduates! The Office of Diversity and Equity would like to thank our partners at StarVista and Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center for successfully facilitating the program virtually and engaging our 30+ participants.

For more information about the Parent Project visit our website here.

Manage Covid-19 Stress with Headspace

Greetings BHRS Staff and Partners!

Keeping San Mateo County Strong! 

This year has affected all of us in different ways. But there’s one thing that keeps San Mateo County strong: a sense of community. That’s why Headspace and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are working together to provide free resources that can help residents weather this storm. 

Sign up to access Headspace meditations, sleep sounds, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind — all free through August 2021 if you live, work or go to school in San Mateo County. Because in times like these, a little support goes a long way. 

Here is the link: https://www.headspace.com/san-mateo-county

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