AACI Hosts Black History Month Kick Off Event: Empowerment Begins with You

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On Saturday, January 27th, African American Community Initiative (AACI) will be kicking off Black History month with a fun, informative, and free event celebrating the wellness, resilience, and recovery of the African American Community. 

Stop by the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to share stories, promote wellness and take one step towards improving the well being of our communities. With a focus on understanding substance use and suicide risk in the African American community, the event will feature a resource fair, informative presentations, a Photovoice panel where young people will share their stories, cultural entertainment, children’s activities and a free soulful lunch.

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St. Brendan Students Deliver Holiday Care Packages to North County

St. Brendan care packageThe North County Spanish Speaking Care Group was honored to receive holiday care packages from St. Brendan School this year. Bears In Action students Samantha, Bella and George (pictured with North County Adult staff), came to the clinic in December bringing these wonderful gifts. The children created a project they called “Remember the Forgotten,” and through their own initiative, raised funds and created gift packages of toiletries and other self-care items for clients attending the Spanish Care Group.

The care group is a rehabilitation and support group for our clients living in board and cares, who may be more isolated, especially during the holidays. The warmth and kindness we aim to achieve during the holidays are exemplified by the efforts of these young children. On behalf of the clients of North County, thank you St. Brendan School!

Midnight Tonight: Deadline to Enroll for Covered California Insurance Starting January 1

covered californiaThe deadline to enroll in Covered California and have coverage starting January 1 is midnight tonight, December 22.  

Important Covered California deadlines:

  • For coverage beginning January 1, 2018 – Enroll by December 22, 2017
  • For coverage beginning March 1, 2018 – Enroll by January 31, 2018, last day of open enrollment 

How to enroll in Covered California

EPACCC Spreads Holiday Cheer through the Community

epaccc-holiday-pic.jpgAs a result of the Day of Collaboration in the East Bayshore Community Service Area, the East Palo Alto Community Counseling Center (EPACCC) team opted to volunteer their time at the Ecumenical Hunger Program one afternoon in lieu of a holiday party.  The entire Staff participated in sorting clothes and pantry donations for the residents of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.  It was wonderful for the team to spend a bit of time together as a staff outside of the clinic and deliver direct service to the Community.

The Office of Diversity and Equity is Hiring

The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) is seeking applicants for the following positions. Individuals with lived experience are encouraged to apply!

If you are interested in any of these positions please submit your resume and cover letter to ode@smcgov.org. Please share these opportunities with others who might be interested.

 

 

K-Pop Artist’s Death by Suicide Sparks Conversation About Mental Health

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A portrait of Kim Jong-Hyun on a mourning altar at a hospital in Seoul on December 19, 2017.

Millions of fans mourn the tragic loss of K-Pop star, Kim Jong-Hyun, better known as Jonghyun, who died by suicide on Monday at the age of 27. Jonghyun was best known as the lead singer of K-Pop band, SHINee which rose to fame after the release of its debut EP, Replay, in 2008. As well as being a singer and accomplished dancer, Jonghyun played a large part in the group’s song writing and production.  He had also made headlines for speaking out on issues of the government’s education policy and in support of LGBTQ+ rights.

Jonghyun was considered one of the most talented and well- rounded artists in the K-Pop music industry. According to SM Entertainment, the singer’s management company, “Jonghyun is the best artist who loved music more than anyone else, enjoyed the stage, and loved to communicate with fans through his music. We will always remember you.”

Suicide continues to be a prevalent public health issue primarily due to the constant stigmatization of mental health. A petition on change.org was created in honor of Jonghyun asking for more mental health support for artists in the entertainment industry. The petition explicitly asks for all entertainment industries to make a plan or program to monitor mental health in their employees as well as ensuring that the program would not be used against them and harm their careers. This petition, once reaching its goal of 300,000 signatures is expected to be delivered to Entertainment Industries and the South Korean Government.

Hopefully this petition will increase conversations about mental health and suicide prevention as well as recognition of its importance in saving a life.

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Facebook’s AI Can Detect and Intervene in Suicide

Facebook’s new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence (AI) technology will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts. When necessary, they will send mental health resources to the user at risk or their friends, or contact local first-responders. By using AI to intervene in concerning posts instead of waiting for users to report concerning posts, Facebook will decrease how long it takes to send help.

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