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Women in County Government (WICG) Holds End-of-Summer Event: Empowerment

By Austyn Lee, Office of Diversity and Equity Summer Intern

On Tuesday, August 8th, the County of San Mateo’s Women in County Government (WICG) hosted an end-of-summer event called Empowerment at 555 Marshall Street in Redwood City.

WICG was initially founded in 1985 to help women develop professionally for managerial roles in the county. The goal of WICG is to increase efficiency and job satisfaction of women in all levels in the county and promote a workplace culture that values diversity and respect for people of all backgrounds. The Empowerment event was crafted around this goal by inspiring us to lift each other up and help each other get to where we want to be in life. Read more

Growing Better Lives at Phoenix Garden


Open to the general public, the Phoenix Garden is a seven-acre, county-owned site that has been set aside to provide therapy for vulnerable children and teens on the road of rehabilitation. The incorporation of gardening makes it possible for youth with traumatic experiences to benefit from exposure to nature and the company of County workers, family members, and friends. Through commitment from volunteers, the project is now coming into fruition to provide new opportunities for youth with a promising future. Read more

Get Certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid!

Youth Mental Health First Aid is being offered on Thursday, October 26th at the San Mateo County Office of Education. Sign up today! Class limit is 30 people.

Learn how to recognize the warning signs and risk factors of a mental health challenge and how to offer support that can make a real difference in a young person’s life! Educate and empower yourself to help bridge the gap between an adolescent experiencing a mental health crisis and getting appropriate professional help.

Classroom teachers, school site administrators, school office personnel, coaches, bus drivers, afterschool providers, parents, teacher’s aides, school health aides, yard duty staff, crossing guards, peers and other school personnel are strongly encouraged to become Youth Mental Health First Aiders. Certified instructors are available to teach this course through an engaging curriculum that is welcoming to all at no cost.

Register by October 19th at the following link:

For more information about YMHFA contact Natalie Andrade at or 650-372-8548

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NAMI Walks 2017

NAMI Walks 2017We are proud to announce that BHRS will be participating in NAMI Walks 2017!  This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Guadalupe River Park in San Jose from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please join families, consumers, clients, providers and pets as we gather to support and honor the important work of the National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI). Read more

Create Your Wellness Recovery Action Plan

A Wellness Recovery Action Plan, or WRAP, helps people develop real tools they can use to manage their physical and mental health. Based on hope, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, support and education, WRAP has helped many individuals and now you have the chance to join a group to create your personal WRAP. Check out this flyer for information in Spanish about how to join an upcoming WRAP group.

LEEW Ice Cream Social!

The Lived Experience Education Workgroup (LEEW) held a summer social earlier this month. Fruit and ice pops kept everyone cool, as we took turns asking ice breaker questions such as, “What would others be surprised to know about you?” and “What three words would you use to describe yourself?”. Read more

BHRS African American Community Initiative Presents at Board of Supervisors Meeting

By Austyn Lee, Office of Diversity & Equity Summer Intern

On Tuesday, July 25th, the African American Community Initiative (AACI) gave a presentation entitled “Conversations about Black History Year” at the Board of Supervisors Meeting in the Redwood City Hall of Justice and Records.

The AACI is one of the county’s nine Health Equity Initiatives (HEI) that address racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities within BHRS. AACI aims to be a resource for African American community members who experience disparities in access to and quality of care in our county. Read more

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