Category Archives: Support Services

December 9 – Filipino Mental Health Initiative Immigration Forum

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The Office of Diversity and Equity’s Filipino Mental Health Initiative(FMHI) is excited to announce they will be hosting an immigration forum, Immigrants: At the Crossroads, for the Filipino Community on Saturday, December 9th at St. Andrew Catholic Church Hall in Daly City from 1:30 – 4pm. 

According to Psychiatric Services, the Philippines is the fourth largest country of origin of immigrants to the United States, and the second-fastest-growing Asian immigrant group in the United States. Yet Filipino Americans are shown to significantly under-utilize existing mental health care services that are culturally, socially, and linguistically incompatible with their needs. Along with stigma, the attachment to traditional practices and healing methods remains a notable barrier to appropriate care for the Filipino American community.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance: Join Us In Commemorating Trans Lives Lost To Violence

You are invited to join us for Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual event that aims to commemorate our transgender community members that have lost their lives due to brutal and unconscionable anti-transgender violence.TransgenderDayRememberance2017_DF-1

This event aims to raise public awareness of violence that transgender people face that often goes underreported or incorrectly reported in the news media, with those who are mentioned often misgendered or “deadnamed,” a term used to describe when a transgender person is referred to the name they were given at birth and no longer use. Transgender Day of Remembrance allows us to come together and publicly mourn our transgender siblings as well as find strength within each other as we mobilize to combat anti-transgender violence.

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November 20 – What’s the T: Being Trans in the Peninsula

 

Trans Pride Flag Waving

Transgender Pride Flag

On November 20th between 6pm – 8pm at the San Mateo County Pride Center please join the San Mateo County LGBTQ+ community at this community dialogue event recognizing the trans community in the Peninsula. 

In collaboration with Peninsula Conflict and Resolution Center and the Pride Initiative, the Pride Center will be holding a dialogue series to discuss transgender experiences and issues right here in the county. This event will be a starting point for local action around the issues that our transgender and gender nonconforming neighbors are facing.

For any questions about this event, contact Fern Farley at Fern.farley@sanmateopride.org. 

Supporting Healthy Families and Building Stronger Communities

The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) had the honor of graduating two Health Ambassadors, Maria Valencia Trinidad Hernandez and Alexi Rosales, during the monthly Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission on November 1st.  They each shared with the group their heartfelt personal stories and dedication to help support healthy families and build stronger communities.

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Left to right: David Young (Director of BHRS), Maria Valencia Trinidad Hernandez (HAP graduate), Alexi Rosales (HAP graduate), Jei Africa (Director of ODE)

The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) started the Health Ambassador Program (HAP) in 2014.  HAP was first created per the request of parents subsequent to graduating the Parent Project program. After their 12-week course  spent sharing their stories, learning new parenting skills, and supporting one another, the graduates expressed wanting to continue learning about mental illness and staying  connected with each other, their neighbors and community members.

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NAMI Connection – Recovery Support Group

NAMI is offering a recovery support group for individuals with mental illness, led by trained mentors with lived experience. Feel free to attend on a drop in basis. No registration is required.

When?   Every Monday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where?  NAMI San Mateo County
1650 Borel Place, Suite 130, San Mateo, CA 94402

Contact: (650)638-0800

The Daily Journal Recognizes DUI Court for Potential to Increase Public Safety

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.

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