In recognition of September Suicide Prevention Month, we are partnering with StarVista and Caltrain to host the following free and public event tomorrow:
Speak Up, Save a Life: Suicide Prevention Forum
Friday, September 25 / 12:00-1:30 PM
San Mateo Main Library, Oak Room
55 West 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA, 94402
The Forum will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jorge Wong, Behavioral Health Services Director at Asian Americans for Community Involvement and panelists Salvador Zuno, Caltrain Transit Police; Narges Zohoury Dillon, StarVista Crisis Hotline; Teresa Tantau, in recovery from a suicide event; and Alan Cochran, family member of someone who has experienced suicide.
Refreshments will be provided and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available. Interpretive services will be available upon request with three days’ notice. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sylvia Leung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-578-7165. Download the flyer.
If you or someone you know may be thinking about suicide, speak with a trained counselor who can help you 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Call the StarVista crisis hotline (650) 579-0350.
For more information on suicide prevention, visit www.smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.
More on Suicide Prevention Day and Week:
United States Presidential Proclamation of World Suicide Prevention Day
Get Involved with Suicide Prevention Week
LEA Refresher Course Graduates and Facilitators. Bottom left: Janet Stoller, Robert Ortiz, Kathy Mackin, Alan Cochran. Top left: Cindy Robbins-Roth, Lee Harrison, Katy Davis, and Kim Westrick
The BHRS Lived Experience Academy (LEA) is having an exciting winter and spring! We received a 6-month grant from CalMHSA to boost our speakers’ bureau efforts toward reducing stigma. With these funds, we hosted a 3-session refresher course for our Lived Experience Academy graduates in February. Currently, we are in the middle of a new 5-session academy with 16 participants (both clients and family members) from around the county. Participants are learning the skills to share their stories of recovery from mental health and substance use conditions. They will then become part of our speakers’ bureau and will be paid to speak at various BHRS events and trainings. Their energy and courage is very inspiring and has made for a positive community-building and learning environment. There has also been enthusiastic participation from our dedicated group of facilitators that includes both staff and past LEA graduates. Special thanks to Lee Harrison, Cindy Robbins-Roth, Renee Harris, Jairo Wilches, Holly Severson, Alan Cochran, Kathy Mackin, Kim Westrick, Marisol Solis, and Hiba AbuDamous for your hard work and dedication. In April, 6 LEA graduates will participate in a 3-day digital storytelling workshop and will then present their digital stories throughout the month of May in multiple mental health awareness events.
For more information on the Lived Experience Academy, you can contact Katy Davis at email@example.com or Kim Westrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.