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Parent Project Spring 2020 Schedule

The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:

  • appropriate ways to discipline
  • preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
  • improving communication skills
  • improving grades and school attendance

For more information about the Parent Project, please visit

The Parent Project is coordinated by the Office of Diversity and Equity. To learn more about the Office of Diversity and Equity, please visit

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is looking for new interns!

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) is a comprehensive county behavioral health services program dedicated to serving the needs of adults with serious mental illness and/ or co-occurring substance abuse concerns, as well as severely emotionally disturbed youth and their families. Services offered to children, adolescents, adults, and other adults in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs by multidisciplinary staff that includes psychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, MFT’s trainees, interns and peer support positions. BHRS provides clinical training opportunities to students pursuing their masters’ degree, their Alcohol and Drug Certification, or their doctorate.

Cultural Competency stipends are available for those who are to help provide services to marginalized communities within our system of Older Adult, Adult, and Youth Services and are selected to participate in our Cultural Stipend Intern Program (CSIP).

More information about the internship program can be found here.

About the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE)

The Office of Diversity and Equity is dedicated to addressing health disparities, health inequities and stigma in the areas of mental health and substance use, and supporting wellness and recovery among underserved, unserved, and inappropriately served communities in San Mateo County. ODE works to achieve these goals by promoting cultural competence and cultural humility, which are rooted in principles of social justice. To learn more about ODE’s work, visit

Each Mind Matters Self Care Challenge #1: Take Time to Reflect on Your Self-Care Routine | Reto del autocuidado de SanaMente #1: Tome tiempo para reflexionar en tu rutina del autocuidado

As we wrap up one year and begin another, Each Mind Matters invites you to join us in a Self-Care Challenge.
The holidays can be an especially busy time of year, and we sometimes think about self-care as a reward for after you finish all the many things on your list. But self-care isn’t a reward for getting everything done — it is a critical part of the process of getting everything done. Regular self-care prevents burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps you refocus.
In general, self-care falls into three domains: Physical, mental/emotional health, and spiritual health.
Over the next few weeks, these Each Mind Matters will bring an opportunity to try out a self-care practice from one of these three domains and reflect on what kind of self-care plan we might want to build into our new year.
To get started on your self-care challenge, check out this Each Mind Matters infographic on self-care tips: Steps to Self-Care.
To learn more about Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement, visit:

¿Qué tal si esta época festiva te hace sentir más agobiado que nada con reuniones sociales en el trabajo y en casa y otros compromisos sociales que puedan producir ansiedad?

Ser cariñoso con sí mismo y tener límites protege tu salud mental y puede ser lo más importante para el autocuidado. Parece que hemos creado la expectativa que el autocuidado es algo opcional, algo que podemos hacer ocasionalmente cuando tenemos tiempo. El autocuidado no debe de ser algo al que recurrimos cuando ya estamos desgastados y necesitamos descansar de nuestra propia presión interna. El autocuidado no se trata de baños salinos y pasteles de chocolate, se trata de las decisiones que tomamos para crear una vida al que no tenemos que escapar regularmente.

Pero cambiando las expectativas de nosotros mismos y de los demás toma tiempo y práctica. Acciones pequeñas pueden ser una forma buena de empezar. Por ejemplo, si el decir no a las obligaciones sociales es muy difícil, trata de tomar un descanso breve antes y después de cada evento. Durante este descanso, use el tiempo para aprender cómo darle atención a la respiración, una práctica que ha demostrado reducir el estrés y la ansiedad. Para aprender más de SanaMente: El movimiento de salud mental de California, visite:

2020 Mental Health Awareness Month Planning Committee – Meeting Schedule

Please save-the-date for our upcoming planning meetings for 2020 May Mental Health Awareness Month. The meetings will be on Thursdays 10:30am-12pm at Millbrae Library – Rm B, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae CA 94030 for the dates below.  Please see attached meeting schedule for more details. If you are interested in hosting an event, let’s touch base before the next meeting to start looking into dates/times/locations/topics for the events.

  • 12/12/2019
  • 1/9/2020
  • 2/13/2020
  • 3/12/2020
  • 4/9/2020  
  • 6/4/2020

Thank you to San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System for partnering with us for the second time for MHAM. And special thank you to Kajah Ram for graciously providing us a space to meet at Millbrae Library.

For more information, please visit or contact Sylvia Tang at

New Community Collaborative to Address Shortage of Youth Mental Health Services in Palo Alto

A community collaborative of local nonprofits, healthcare providers (including Behavioral Health and Recovery Services), and schools are coming together to address a lack of mental health services for children and teens with mild to moderate mental health needs such as depression, anxiety, and environmental stressors such as homelessness and poverty.

Read the full article at:

Reimagine SamTrans — Please Help Diversify the Feedback!

SamTrans launched Reimagine SamTrans, a transformative study that will examine each route in the SamTrans bus system in light of changing travel patterns. Reimagine SamTrans will consider everything from customer experience, to route design, to how often buses run, to efficient and effective operations and practice. SamTrans needs your feedback on this critical effort!

Take the Reimagine Survey: Whether you ride the bus, drive, walk, bike or other we want to hear from you. Share your vision for a future SamTrans network. Visit to take this fun short survey. Survey closes December 31, 2019.

Share your feedback in-person: SamTrans staff are in the field at bus stops, farmers markets and community meetings. A full list of events is available on the website and if you miss them in-person, you can always leave a comment. To learn more about the project and events go to

Social media: SamTrans wants your input to Reimagine SamTrans service. Take the survey, join an event, or submit a comment and make your voice heard! Whether you take the bus, drive, walk, bike or other share your vision for a future SamTrans network. Visit

Please share with your networks so we may diversify the feedback.

In community,

The Office of Diversity and Equity

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10/10/19 is World Mental Health Day!

Join us in taking “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness and help prevent suicide. You can start by knowing the signs, finding the words and reaching out. More information at #WorldMentalHealthDay #SuicidePrevention #BeTheOneSMC

California Peer-Run Warm Line Now Offers Free Emotional Support and Referrals

The California Peer-Run Warm Line (1-855-845-7415)  is officially open to offer all Californians free non-emergency emotional support and referrals via telephone and instant messaging. This launch coincides with World Mental Health Day (this Thursday, October 10) and its theme of suicide prevention this year.

Initially, the warm line call center will be opened most of the day (Mondays to Fridays: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm; Saturdays: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and Sundays: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm) and, by the end of the year, the call center will ramp up to open 24/7. This new service is funded by a state budget allocation of $10.8 million over three years and championed by Governor @GavinNewsom, State Senator @ScottWiener2 (D-San Francisco) and Assembly Budget Committee Chair @PhilTingSF (D-San Francisco).

“Too many Californians are struggling with mental health and emotional well-being challenges. Peer-to-peer support is a proven way of helping people stay healthy and get the help they need. The California Peer-Run Warm Line is an important resource for so many people, and I’m thrilled we were able to get it funded,” said Wiener.

More details at:

Suicide Prevention Week #ImHereForYou Tip #4: Self-Care and Resilience

On our last day of Suicide Prevention Week, we would like to remind us all that, as we take action to support others, it is also vital that we take the time to support and care for ourselves. 

The Importance of Building Resiliency. Practicing self-care is one part of building resilience and does not mean you are being selfish or choosing yourself over your loved one. It means that you are simply being mindful of your own needs, so you are better able to support others. You are better able to take care of the needs of others when you take care of yourself. 

Self-care can be as simple as taking a deep breath when you notice you are becoming stressed. By maintaining your physical and mental wellness, you will likely be better equipped to handle the stressors that come along with supporting someone you care about.

Self-Care Strategies to Build Resiliency and Manage Stress. 

When we are most stressed, we have a tendency to ignore taking care of ourselves, so it is important to set time to care for ourselves in big and little ways. 

  • Remain socially connected. When you are supporting someone else, it can be easy to lose sight of your other social connections. Stay in touch with your family and friends who can offer support. Recognize the importance of setting time with positive support networks. 
  • Make time for yourself. When caring for someone who may be suicidal, it can be hard to find time to take care of yourself. However, to be a productive caregiver, it is important to have some “me time.” Healthy activities that makes you feel better is worth a little bit of time out of your day.
  • Know when you need to ask for help. When caring for someone with suicidal thoughts, it is possible to become overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed does not make you a bad caregiver, family member, or friend, it makes you human. There are various resources for caregivers such as NAMI Family Support Groups. These groups offer support for people with loved ones who have experienced mental health conditions or issues. In addition, you can talk to trained counselors who provide free and confidential support by contacting one of the below 24/7 hotlines: 
    • StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County) – 650-579-0350
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 
    • Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741

To learn more about Behavioral Health and Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity and Equity September Suicide Prevention Month, resources and for a full list of events, visit

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out to these 24/7 crisis hotlines: StarVista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County) – 650-579-0350, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and/or Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741.

If you or someone you know is in need of mental health or substance use services and you have MediCal, Health Plan San Mateo (HPSM), or are uninsured, please contact BHRS ACCESS at (806) 686- 0101 or TDD at (800) 943- 2833. If you have private insurance please reach out to your insurance company and request support. 

#BetheOneSMC #ImHereForYou

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