Category Archives: Support Services
In an effort to increase public safety, San Mateo County launched its new DUI Court on September 19. The court provides second and third time misdemeanor offenders with a team who can link them to needed treatment, support services and increased monitoring.
Check out this thoughtful piece in The Daily Journal about the impact the DUI Court will have in cutting down on drunk driving in our community.
Be sure to check out this health advisory and spare the air alert released yesterday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
This week, October 1st through October 7th, is Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health conditions are important to discuss year-round, but highlighting them during this week provides a dedicated time for mental health allies and advocates across the country to come together as one unified voice.
This year during MTV’s Video Music Awards, rapper Logic released the video for his new song titled 1-800-273-8255. The song brought up the topic of suicidal ideation: the feeling of not wanting to live and feelings of hopelessness. The video portrays a black high school student struggling to cope with his father’s reaction to his sexuality and the loneliness of abruptly losing a safe haven. Watch the video here.
NAMI SMC is introducing a new peer support program called Peer Pals. A Peer PAL is someone who is doing well in his or her recovery, and wants to share their friendship and support with a peer who is also experiencing mental illness. Peer PALS receive monthly training in recovery and mentorship and are compensated for their time.
The program is free to clients who wish to be paired with a Peer PAL who can help them on their own journey to recovery. For more information on the program and how to apply, see the Peer PALS brochure.
StarVista’s crisis line is an important resource that has helped countless individuals in times of need. Please share this information with friends and family in San Mateo County – you never know whose life you could be saving.
The risk of suicide is high among the LGBTQ+ community. For example, the rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for lesbian, gay and bisexual youth and 2 times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth.
San Mateo County Pride Center is here to help the LGBTQ+ individuals with clinical and community resources. #BeThe1To attend or share the Suicide Prevention Month events happening at the Pride Center. #SMCPrevention
If you know a LGBTQ+ youth facing a mental health crisis, call The Trevor Project (1-866-488-7386), Trans Lifeline (1-877-565-8860) or Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255).