Category Archives: Prevention

12/21- Heart & Soul Holiday Open House

Join Heart & Soul in celebrating the holiday season! Learn about their programs, meet their team member, and gather in community. Their holiday open house is Wednesday, December 21st from 3pm to 6pm at 1633 Old Bayshore Hwy, Suite 258, Burlingame.

Heart & Soul is also offering an in-person Holiday Wellness Project: 2023 Vision Boards. How will you nurture your wellness in 2023? Vision boards are creative tools to hep you focus your awareness and intentions for the new year. Materials will be provided to create a 15 x 11 inch Vision Board. An image bank of hundreds of clippings, quotes and pictures will be available for you to use in your collage. If you have favorite imagery or meaningful wording to incorporate in your Vision Board, bring them with you!

For more info visit heartandsoulinc.org or email info@heartandsoulinc.org.

Holiday Wellness Toolkit: Take Action for Self-Care

  • Take Action for Self-Care #1. Check-in with others and get support when needed
  • Take Action for Self-Care #2. Listen to Music.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #3. Complete a Self-Care Assessment.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #4. How will you take action for mental health in 2023? Make time for self-care. Check-in with friends and family more often. Learn more about mental health and support options in community. Get support when needed.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #4. Are there ways that you can show gratitude to others by passing on kindness or joy?
  • Take Action for Self-Care #6. Practice mindful breathing once a day.

The holiday season is full of many colors, from cheerful reds and golds, to more calming tones, and somber hues. It is the multitude of colors that creates the special beauty of the season. This time of the year is an opportunity to celebrate and to acknowledge that not everyone feels festive. We can demonstrate the spirit of the season with kindness, generosity, and love by checking in with ourselves and others.  

It’s OK to not be happy. The holiday season is full of sights and sounds that can trigger symptoms of trauma, feelings of sadness, guilt, and shame because they are reminders of loss or vital things we do not have. When it seems like everyone else is swimming in joyful abundance, the contrast with how we are feeling can sharpen the pain. Even if we are fortunate enough to live in a comfortable home and be surrounded by helpful family, the increased presence of more intense socializing can cause anxiety.  

If you are feeling sadness or anger, ask yourself “what helps and what hurts”? Give a name to the things that trigger hard feelings and some thought to what makes you feel better. Simple things that can be found in everyday life are best, like taking a walk or ride outside, reading a favorite book, watching a beloved movie, or practicing deep breathing. If your feelings are overwhelming, you are not alone. It’s OK to reach out to someone you trust.  

It’s also OK to be happy. Rejoice in these feelings and cultivate gratitude that you can feel them. Whatever you may have been through this year, you do deserve to celebrate and feel good. However, practicing balance and self-care is just as important when you are happy. Nothing will spoil feelings of happiness like overdoing it. Incorporate movement every day, and get enough rest. If possible, reserve some quiet time for mindfulness practices, like deep breathing, and reflection.   

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12/11 – Anonymous Gun Buyback

Anonymous Gun Buyback | Saturday, December 11 10am-2pm | 1000 Skyway Road, San Carlos

Get cash for your unused or unwanted guns. No questions asked, we do not run ballistics, and you can remain completely anonymous. Receive up to $100 cash for a handgun/shotgun/rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle.
You can find more details in this event flyer and website.

These events are important in advancing San Mateo County’s Suicide Prevention Roadmap. To help educate the community, the Suicide Prevention Committee has also contributed suicide prevention outreach materials (listed below) for this event.

Please consider sharing this event with your network in the San Mateo County community.

Take the Cessation Services Survey and Enter To Win a $20 Gift Card!

San Mateo County Health’s Tobacco Prevention Program is conducting a survey to gather feedback on a Cessation Services educational material. Participants can enter a raffle to win a $20 gift card to REI.

This survey is open to San Mateo County residents that use tobacco. This anonymous survey is available in English and Spanish. Take the survey.

Take Action for Self-Care Challenge #1: Check-in with others and get support if needed  

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The holiday season is full of many colors, from cheerful reds and golds, to more calming tones, and somber hues. It is the multitude of colors that creates the special beauty of the season. This time of the year is an opportunity to celebrate and to acknowledge that not everyone feels festive. Following an intense year with the ongoing pandemic, we can demonstrate the spirit of the season with kindness, generosity, and love by checking in with ourselves and others. 

It’s OK to not be happy.

The holiday season is full of sights and sounds that can trigger symptoms of trauma, feelings of sadness, guilt, and shame because they are reminders of loss or vital things we do not have. When it seems like everyone else is swimming in joyful abundance, the contrast with how we are feeling can sharpen the pain. Even if we are fortunate enough to live in a comfortable home and be surrounded by helpful family, the increased presence of alcohol, rich foods, and more intense socializing can cause anxiety. 

If you are feeling sadness or anger, ask yourself “what helps and what hurts”? Give a name to the things that trigger hard feelings and some thought to what makes you feel better. Simple things that can be found in everyday life are best, like taking a walk or ride outside, reading a favorite book, watching a beloved movie, or practicing deep breathing. If your feelings are overwhelming, you are not alone. It’s OK to reach out to someone you trust. 

It’s also OK to be happy.

Rejoice in these feelings and cultivate gratitude that you can feel them. Whatever you may have been through this year, you do deserve to celebrate and feel good. However, practicing balance and self-care is just as important when you are happy. Nothing will spoil feelings of happiness like overdoing it. Be sure to moderate intake of alcohol and food, incorporate movement every day, and get enough rest. If possible, reserve some quiet time for mindfulness practices, like deep breathing, and reflection.  

How can you check-in with others who are having a tough time during the holiday season? 

Expectations of festivity and togetherness make this time of year especially hard for those who may be alone, have lost a loved one, or are without a home or livelihood. In most cases these are not problems you can solve for them, but you can go out of your way with a small act of kindness. Acknowledge the unhoused person you meet on the street, ask them if you can buy them a coffee or a sandwich. In social gatherings or when checking in with friends and family be alert to signs that the person may be sad and open the door for them to share their feelings. 

For 24/7 emotional support for you or your loved one, reach out to these resources: 

Tomar acción para el autocuidado–desafío n. ° 1: Comuníquese con los demás y obtenga apoyo si es necesario.  

 Los días festivos se llenan de muchos colores, desde rojos y dorados alegres, a tonos más clamorosos y matices sombríos. La belleza especial de la temporada se debe a la multitud de colores. Los días festivos son una oportunidad tanto para celebrar sino también para reconocer que no todo el mundo se siente festivo. Después de un año intenso con la pandemia en curso, podemos demostrar el espíritu de la temporada con amabilidad, generosidad y amor si nos comunicamos con nosotros mismos y con los demás. 

Está bien no estar/sentirse feliz. Las fiestas están llenas de imágenes y sonidos que pueden provocar síntomas de trauma, sentimientos de tristeza, culpa y vergüenza porque son recordatorios de pérdidas o cosas vitales que no tenemos. Cuando parece que todos los demás están nadando en alegría abundante, el contraste con cómo nos sentimos puede agudizar el dolor. Incluso si tenemos la suerte de vivir en un hogar cómodo y estar rodeados de una familia servicial, la presencia aumentada de alcohol, alimentos ricos y socialización intensa pueden causar ansiedad. 

Si se siente triste o enojado, pregúntese “¿qué ayuda y qué duele?”  Póngale un nombre a las cosas que provocan resentimientos y piense en lo que le hace sentir mejor. Las cosas simples que se pueden encontrar en la vida cotidiana son las mejores, como dar un paseo o montar en bicicleta al aire libre, leer un libro favorito, ver una película amada o practicar la respiración profunda. Si sus sentimientos son abrumadores, es apropiado comunicarse con alguien en quien confíe para hablar. 

También está bien estar/sentirse feliz. Alégrese de estos sentimientos y cultive la gratitud por poder sentirlos. Independientemente de lo que haya pasado este año, merece celebrarlo y sentirse bien. Sin embargo, practicar el equilibrio y el cuidado personal es tan importante aun cuando está feliz. Cualquier exageración puede estropear los sentimientos de felicidad. Asegúrese de consumir alcohol y alimentos con moderación, hacer ejercicio todos los días y descansar lo suficiente. Si es posible, reserve un momento de tranquilidad para las prácticas de atención plena, como la respiración profunda y la reflexión. 

¿Cómo comunicarse con personas que están pasando por un momento difícil durante la temporada festiva? 

Las expectativas de festividad y unión hacen que esta época del año sea especialmente difícil para aquellos que pueden estar solos, hayan perdido a un ser querido o no tengan hogar ni sustento. En la mayoría de los casos, estos no son problemas que usted pueda resolver por ellos, pero puede demostrarles su amabilidad en diferentes maneras. Tome en cuenta a la persona sin hogar que encuentra al caminar o en la calle, y pregúntele si puede comprarle un café o un sándwich. En reuniones sociales o cuando se comunique con amigos o familiares, esté atento a las señales de que la persona puede estar triste y dele la oportunidad para que comparta sus sentimientos. 

Para obtener apoyo emocional las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana para usted o su ser querido, comuníquese con estos recursos

Stress AWareness Month – Download Free Headspace App

Headspace

April is Stress Awareness Month: a perfect time to learn about your stressors, educate yourself on the good and bad kinds of stress, and dedicate an extra few minutes a week to self-care.  San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services has partnered with Headspace to provide free resources to help residents cope with stresses brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

With the Headspace app you can access guided exercises, sleep sounds, meditations, videos, facts and tips to help you manage, understand, and react to stress. 

Sign up here, if you live, work or go to school in San Mateo County, all free through August 2021.

Stop the surge of covid-19

It’s more critical than ever that we all do our part to stop the surge. Wear a mask, physically distance and limit gatherings. 

#MaskUpSMC  😷

Es más crítico que nunca que todos hagamos nuestra parte para dcambiar la trayectoria. Usa una máscara, distancia física y limita las reuniones.

 #PongaseLaMascarillaSMC😷

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