Feelings of uncertainty and instability due to the unknown can take a huge toll on ourselves and everyone around us. According to the CDC, U.S. adults reported elevated of adverse mental health conditions recently. The increase was more significant among young adults, essential workers and minorities. Some people may be fighting personal battles – questioning whether to continue to live through the emotional pain they are experiencing.
We can all take simple actions to safeguard our mental health and save lives. Learn the warning signs for suicide and what to do if you are worried someone is struggling.
How can I tell if someone is having thoughts of suicide?
Although in-person interactions may be limited it is more important than ever to be vigilant for those around us to know the signs. Staying connected with regular check-ins is essential so you can recognize the warning signs. If you are worried that someone is having thoughts of suicide, the next step is to find the words and reach out. It’s important to talk openly about suicide, and to ask directly: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” or “Are you having thoughts of ending your life?” Learn about the warning signs and risk factors for suicide at www.suicideispreventable.org.
You can also attend one of the Suicide Prevention Month events happening this month:
Sunday, September 20 | 6:00-8:30pm Virtual Screening of the film “S-Word”
Monday, September 21 | 6:00-8:00pm Know the Signs of Suicide Among African American and Other Communities
Monday, September 28 | 6:00-8:00pm Reconozca las Señales de Suicidio en la Comunidad Latinx
If you or someone you know is contemplating 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) or the Crisis Text Line – Text “Home” to 741741 or find additional crisis resources here.
#BeTheOneSMC to reach out and check-in with someone you know.
Please join us this Friday, 9/18 for Diversity and Equity Council‘s(DEC) Live Stream on Resiliency and Connection During COVID-19. The Live Stream will be hosted through San Mateo County Health’s Facebook and will be discussing how to stay connected safely, strategies to keep community traditions alive and coping tips for older adults and youth.
The event will be hosted from 2:00-3:00pm in English and then again from 3:30pm-4:30pm in Spanish. Here are the links for both events:
The Parent Project® is a free, 14-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. While we are still currently confirming our All-Class flyer, we wanted to share our first two confirmed classes starting in September. All classes are virtual and will take place via Zoom.
During September, San Mateo County recognizes both Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month where individuals, organizations and communities join their voices together to raise awareness that suicide can be prevented and recovery is possible. As part of the many activities taking place this month, we are encouraging everyone to show their support by sharing their own stories and resources, or participate in the various Suicide Prevention Month and Recovery Month activities happening throughout the entire month. Together we can find hope, resilience and recovery.
This year’s theme is “Stronger Together.” Studies confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that connectedness is an important protective factor overall for suicide and that connectedness between individuals can lead to increased frequency of social contact, lowered levels of social isolation or loneliness, and an increased number of positive relationships. 2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenge, and yet we have seen how communities can come together in innovative and supportive ways.
To show your support for these observances:
Attend any of the free events happening throughout the month in honor of:
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. While we are still currently confirming our All-Class flyer, we wanted to share our first two confirmed classes starting in September. All classes are virtual and will take place via Zoom.
“The new Immigrant Relief Fund for San Mateo County is unique in that it brings together a partnership of nonprofits to distribute grant funds and provide services to support recipients’ long term resilience – including: Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Samaritan House, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Mission Asset Fund (MAF). Working together, these nonprofits are partnering to provide undocumented families with $1,000 unrestricted cash grants and wraparound services to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis”.
“El nuevo Fondo de Ayuda para Inmigrantes en el Condado de San Mateo es único en el sentido de que reúne a una asociación de organizaciones sin fines de lucro para distribuir fondos de subvenciones y proporcionar servicios para apoyar a los beneficiarios’ a largo plazo, incluyendo: Sociedad de Ayuda Legal del Condado de San Mateo, Samaritan House, Faith en Action Bay Area y Mission Asset Fund (MAF). Trabajando juntas, estas organizaciones sin fines de lucro se están asociando para proporcionar a las familias indocumentadas efectivo sin restricciones de $ 1,000 y servicios integrales para ayudarles a superar la crisis de COVID-19 “.
What would you say if there were multiple, free COVID testing sites throughout the County? What if the testing did not require a doctor’s referral? What if you could have the test results in less than 48 hours?
In our quest to develop our own testing resources within BHRS, we have been able to leverage additional resources along the way. Therefore, it brings me great pleasure to share with you that HPSM has partnered with GoHealth to provide free COVID testing services for HPSM members. Any HPSM member can now access COVID testing through GoHealth at no cost and no referral with 48 hour turnaround times.
The 30-day public comment period closed on Friday, July 3rd. All public comments have been posted on the MHSA website.
A summary of actions and next steps is included below:
Plan to Spend $5M One-Time Funds on COVID-related impacts At the Commission meeting on Wednesday, July 1st all comments received for the $5M One-Time Plan were reviewed. The $5M One-Time Plan was amended to include information on the two line items related to stop gaps and is available on the MHSA website.
MHSA Three-Year Plan, Fiscal Year 2020 – 2023 Due to the high number of substantive comments received overall, the MHSARC postponed the review to the July 15th scheduled special meeting. The meeting is open to the public and there will be a time on the meeting agenda for public comment.