Category Archives: Wellness Matters

Wellness Matters – July 2018

WM July 2018Be sure to check out the July 2018 issue of Wellness Matters!

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BE SAFE. BE RESPONSIBLE. Know the health effects of cannabis use

Let's Talk Cannabis blueThe New Year brought with it the legalization of cannabis in California. While medical marijuana has been legal in the state for over two decades, California voters took to the ballots last November to approve of Proposition 64, legalizing recreational cannabis.

Adults 21 or older can now use, carry and grow cannabis. In a 2016 survey of San Mateo County residents, 20 percent of respondents reported currently using cannabis. One in ten non-users said they would try it if it were legalized.

Now that adult use is legal in San Mateo County, you probably have lots of questions about the health effects of cannabis use. Check out this Wellness Matters article for answers.

Wellness Matters – March 2018

WM March 2018Be sure to check out the March issue of Wellness Matters!

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NAMI SMC Seeking Peer PALS Participants

peer palsThe National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo County (NAMI SMC) program, Peer PALS, is off to a great start. The free program pairs PALS, who are doing well on their own recovery journey with peers, who are also seeking recovery and could benefit from the friendship and support of a PAL who’s been there.

After holding the first PAL training in November, the program is gaining momentum and seeking more Peer and PAL applicants. NAMI SMC is also partnering with CATS, a free ticket program that will allow Peer PALS to attend exciting events and venues in the Bay Area.

For more information about PeerPALS, check out this Wellness Matters article, or email Rocio, the Peer PALS coordinator at PeerPals@namisanmateo.org.

Wellness Matters – January 2018

CaptureBe sure to check out the January issue of Wellness Matters! 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

tdor 3These are the names of the 25 transgender people whose murders have been reported, here in the United States in 2017 alone. Today, on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember and celebrate the lives of those who have been taken from us due to anti-transgender violence.

Last Thursday, November 16, the San Mateo County Pride Center held a candlelight vigil to commemorate the trans lives lost this year. Today from 6 to 8 p.m. the Pride Center will be hosting “What’s the T?” a dialogue series that will act as a starting point for local action around the issues that our transgender and gender nonconforming neighbors are facing.

Check out this Wellness Matters article for more on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and how the San Mateo County Pride Center is offering support and inspiring change in the transgender and gender nonconforming community.

 

Wellness Matters – November 2017

Be sure to check out the November issue of Wellness Matters! 

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Amplifying Consumer Voices

In raising awareness around suicide prevention and celebrating recovery, our community sent a strong message this September: suicide is preventable and recovery is possible.

One of the most important things we did this September – and will continue to do all year long – is amplify the voices of those who have worked hard to overcome their behavioral health challenges. In sharing these stories, we embolden others to seek recovery as well. Read more

San Mateo County’s Year Round Suicide Prevention Efforts

Though September is coming to a close, BHRS is continuing its suicide prevention efforts all year long and so can you. Check out the MHSA Program Highlight from our last Wellness Matters issue to learn more about the Suicide Prevention Roadmap and the hard work of our Suicide Prevention Committee.

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BHRS Director Steve Kaplan Retires

As many of you know, today is Steve Kaplan’s last day as director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Take a look at Steve’s last Wellness Matters columnwhere he reflects on his time and accomplishments with the BHRS team. We are all wishing him health and happiness in retirement! thanks and so long

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