Category Archives: Support Services

New class aims to change perception of mental illness in Latino community

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The six-week course known as “NAMI Basics,” provides basic mental health support training based on protocols from the National Alliance for Mental Illness. NAMI Basics, offered for the first time in Spanish on the Coastside, offers information and guided support for family members and caregivers of youth and young adults with mental health disorders and is graduating its first class of participants next week.

Overall, the Latino community does not talk about mental health issues so there is a general lack of information and misunderstanding about the subject,” according to information provided on NAMI’s website.

“Some people refuse to acknowledge that their kids have mental health issues. We want them to know that they are not alone,” said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Victor Lopez.

Click here to read more about this unique program.

StarVista Seeks Health Ambassadors for HAP-Y Program

StarVista’s Health Ambassador Program for Youth (HAP-Y) is seeking youth ages 16-24 to become Health Ambassadors. The training covers common challenges in mental wellness, signs and risks of suicide, suicide prevention and how to access mental health services. Trained Ambassadors will help raise awareness and increase access to behavioral health services.

Participants can receive community service hours or internship hours in collaboration with their academic institutions. Additionally, a completion bonus of $700 is distributed to those who participate in the program.

The next training starts in January 2019. For more information, contact Brenda Nunez, Program Coordinator, at hapy@star-vista.org.

Downlaod the HAP-Y flyer.

StarVista Crisis Center Looking for Volunteers

StarVista Crisis Center
If you’re looking to help others and give back to the community, StarVista has the perfect opportunity for you. The StarVista Crisis Center is looking for volunteers who will talk with individuals in need of counseling through their crisis line. As a volunteer, you will receive comprehensive training, 4 hours/week of hands-on experience, a flexible schedule, letters of recommendation and much more.

Volunteers for the Crisis Line must be at least 21 years old. For those who are under 21 years old and want to volunteer, there are positions as a Teen Chat Volunteer for youth ages 14-17, and a Teen Chat Supervisor Volunteer for adults ages 18-20.

The next training is Jan. 15th, 2019.

If interested, contact the Crisis Center Volunteer Coordinator at: (650) 579-0359 ext. 13 or karina.chapa@star-vista.org.

Check out the Crisis Center volunteer flyer.

Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum Inspires Hope

foster youth pop up pic“It’s going to get better” — those are the words of a young man who grew up in the foster care system to anyone who finds themselves in the same painful place.

“Growing up in the system, you’re first afraid, scared and nervous. It’s not your fault. You’re just a victim in all of this. I want you to know it’s going to get better.

“You’re somebody worth caring for. You’re somebody worth believing in.”

His message was shared during the County of San Mateo’s first Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum, a one-day event held recently in downtown Redwood City.

Hosted by Supervisor Don Horsely, the Independent Living Program, and ODE Storytelling, the Foster Youth Pop-Up Art Museum brought community together. With hopes that this becomes an annual event, the night focused on building hope and celebrating the success of the foster youth community, as well as learning ways to better support foster youth.

To meet these goals, we shared Digital Stories of hope and success and captured Pop-Up Photovoices to learn about ways to better support foster youth. We asked storytellers to either share (if they identify as foster youth) what support looks like for them, or (if they don’t identify as foster youth) some of their hopes for foster youth.

Continue reading about the Foster Youth Pop-up Art Museum here.

 

 

Suicide Prevention: Continuing the Conversation

Know the Signs - Facebook ImageMany fans and followers of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are still in shock this week, mourning their unexpected deaths. Suicide among such well-known, talented, and apparently successful individuals reminds us that public personas often conceal personal struggles. Although most people who die by suicide are not famous, they too may be masking their despair, feelings of inadequacy, or hopelessness. Additionally, their relationship problems, financial concerns, or health issues may contribute to feeling overwhelmed.

For anyone struggling- – trained, compassionate people are ready to listen to you:

Call anytime: 1-800-273-8255 or text to 741741. [En Espanol: 888-628-9454]

At the same time, these well-publicized deaths are motivating many individuals to begin to reveal their own struggles to their friends—on social media and in personal conversations. These are essential steps to help overcome the isolation that often accompanies suicidal feelings and such revelations can be responded to with compassion and understanding.

BHRS encourages you to reach out to any of your friends, family and co-workers who may be having difficulty coping. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org to know the signs, find the words to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about, and to find resources you can reach out to for help and support. Check the Each Mind Matters “Say This Not That” tip sheet for more advice. Pain isn’t always obvious:  know the signs, find the words and reach out.

For more information and additional resources, visit www.smchealth.org/suicide-prevention.

Nonprofits Caminar and Project Ninety Announce Merger

Partnership Will Expand Capacity for Integrated Behavioral Health Care on the Peninsula

San Mateo, CA – Two nonprofit behavioral health organizations with decades of service to individuals and families on the Peninsula have joined forces. As of June 1, 2018, Caminar and Project Ninety, both headquartered in San Mateo, have merged. Project Ninety now is a division of Caminar. By bringing together mental health and substance use treatment programs, Caminar and Project Ninety will strengthen support in San Mateo County for individuals in recovery, especially adults with co-occurring disorders. Read more

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