Category Archives: Support Services
National Recovery Month highlights that recovery works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
We know that each recovery journey is unique—there are numerous treatment options and recovery pathways available to those dealing with substance use and/or mental health disorders in San Mateo County.
Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is changing everyday life for us all. For many, this means adapting to unexpected changes in our daily routines, and for others, it involves having to let go of an important event, dealing with financial pressures or facing the loss of a loved one.
Adjusting to these new realities and future uncertainty can bring about strong and overwhelming emotions in both adults and children. Today, nearly half of adults in the U.S. are experiencing increased distress.
Taking care of your mental health—as well your physical health—is an important aspect in maintaining your overall health and wellbeing. San Mateo County Health has put together resources and guides for staying well,24/7 crisis lines, coping strategies and managing stress, and more.
Visit the newly launched mental health resource page focused on to helping you take care of your mental health and wellness at www.smchealth.org/covid-19-mental-health
A team of American Red Cross volunteers have been trained to provide virtual support to families and communities who have suffered a loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Mateo County is promoting the Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) to its residents. Red Cross volunteers can help families navigate available resources during their difficult time, along with emotional support, counseling and education on COVID-related stress or mental health issues related to children.
Visit redcross.org/VFAC to access this resource. People without internet access can call toll-free at 833-492-0094 for confidential and free assistance.
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The CalHOPE Crisis Counseling Program (by the Department of Health Care Services) has positions open for COVID-19 Peer Emotional Support Line Counselors for the California Peer-Run Warm Line operated by Mental Health Association (MHA) of San Francisco.
The applicants do not have to be licensed or certified counselors, but can be peers with lived experience.
See the recruitment details here.
California Peer-Run Warm Line offers free non-emergency emotional support and referrals to all Californians via telephone and instant messaging. Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.
Get support 24 hours a day, 7 Days a Week. Call 1-855-845-7415 or visit California Peer-Run Warm Line for more info and to access online chat.
As of July 1, 2019, San Mateo County Health transitioned their Representative Payee services to Life Inc. Rep Payee services are provided to clients of BHRS and Aging & Adults Services who need assistance managing their Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This service helps ensure clients pay their bills on time and can take care of their essential living needs.
Before the transition, Aging & Adult Services staff processed and distributed the payments to clients. The change to Life Inc. removes the need to have service providers and other vendors involved in the payment process. The transition is expected to be complete by October.
You can read more about what other benefits clients will receive from Life Inc. in the BHRS Newsletter “Wellness Matters” here.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line is a non-emergency resource for anyone in the Bay Area seeking emotional support, providing assistance via phone and web chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need.
Some concerns callers share are challenges with interpersonal relationships, anxiety, panic, depression, finance, and alcohol and drug use.
The California Peer-Run Warm Line is open for service this Thanksgiving weekend and throughout December, including Holidays!
Current hours: 7am-11pm, 7 Days a Week.
For more info and to access online chat: California Peer-Run Warm Line
Watch for announcements as hours will be expanding to 24/7 sometime soon in 2020!