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Holiday Wellness Toolkit: Take Action for Self-Care

  • Take Action for Self-Care #1. Check-in with others and get support when needed
  • Take Action for Self-Care #2. Listen to Music.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #3. Complete a Self-Care Assessment.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #4. How will you take action for mental health in 2023? Make time for self-care. Check-in with friends and family more often. Learn more about mental health and support options in community. Get support when needed.
  • Take Action for Self-Care #4. Are there ways that you can show gratitude to others by passing on kindness or joy?
  • Take Action for Self-Care #6. Practice mindful breathing once a day.

The holiday season is full of many colors, from cheerful reds and golds, to more calming tones, and somber hues. It is the multitude of colors that creates the special beauty of the season. This time of the year is an opportunity to celebrate and to acknowledge that not everyone feels festive. We can demonstrate the spirit of the season with kindness, generosity, and love by checking in with ourselves and others.  

It’s OK to not be happy. The holiday season is full of sights and sounds that can trigger symptoms of trauma, feelings of sadness, guilt, and shame because they are reminders of loss or vital things we do not have. When it seems like everyone else is swimming in joyful abundance, the contrast with how we are feeling can sharpen the pain. Even if we are fortunate enough to live in a comfortable home and be surrounded by helpful family, the increased presence of more intense socializing can cause anxiety.  

If you are feeling sadness or anger, ask yourself “what helps and what hurts”? Give a name to the things that trigger hard feelings and some thought to what makes you feel better. Simple things that can be found in everyday life are best, like taking a walk or ride outside, reading a favorite book, watching a beloved movie, or practicing deep breathing. If your feelings are overwhelming, you are not alone. It’s OK to reach out to someone you trust.  

It’s also OK to be happy. Rejoice in these feelings and cultivate gratitude that you can feel them. Whatever you may have been through this year, you do deserve to celebrate and feel good. However, practicing balance and self-care is just as important when you are happy. Nothing will spoil feelings of happiness like overdoing it. Incorporate movement every day, and get enough rest. If possible, reserve some quiet time for mindfulness practices, like deep breathing, and reflection.   

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12/11 – Anonymous Gun Buyback

Anonymous Gun Buyback | Saturday, December 11 10am-2pm | 1000 Skyway Road, San Carlos

Get cash for your unused or unwanted guns. No questions asked, we do not run ballistics, and you can remain completely anonymous. Receive up to $100 cash for a handgun/shotgun/rifle, and up to $200 cash for an assault rifle.
You can find more details in this event flyer and website.

These events are important in advancing San Mateo County’s Suicide Prevention Roadmap. To help educate the community, the Suicide Prevention Committee has also contributed suicide prevention outreach materials (listed below) for this event.

Please consider sharing this event with your network in the San Mateo County community.

2022 September Suicide Prevention Month

Today is the first day of September Suicide Prevention Month!

For 2022, San Mateo County, StarVista and partners are promoting the statewide theme of “Take Action for Suicide Prevention: Thriving at all Ages.”  To support Thriving At All Ages, Californians are encouraged to take action for suicide prevention by recognizing the importance of strengthening resiliency, protective factors, and physical and emotional wellness throughout the lifespan and at difference life stages. To learn more about the statewide theme, please visit SuicideisPreventable.org

Each year, San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services’ Office of Diversity & Equity, StarVista, and Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) promote free events throughout the month of September to promote Suicide Prevention Month. All events are free and open to the public. This year events will be in-person and/or virtual.  For full list of events and other ways to support suicide prevention throughout the month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month

Please show your support at your next virtual meeting with one of our 2022 Suicide Prevention Month virtual backgrounds (Download them at this webpage).  

2021 September Suicide Prevention Month | #Reconnect | Thank You, Highlights and Next Steps

The San Mateo County Suicide Prevention Committee and the BHRS Office of Diversity and Equity thanks you for supporting Suicide Prevention Month!

Some highlights throughout the month include:

– 15 events targeted for various interests, age groups and languages (English and Spanish). Big thank you to the many community partners who hosted these great events
– 350+ estimated to have attended or viewed the recording for the 15 SPM events
– 38,400+ views across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and blog social media posts

Next steps:

– Missed some of events? You can watch recordings for some of our events by visiting smchealth.org/suicide-prevention-month.
– Review Suicide Prevention Roadmap (Newly Released): As we close 2021 September Suicide Prevention Month, we are excited to introduce the Suicide Prevention Roadmap 2021-2026 which outlines our strategy for local suicide prevention work beyond this past month. You can find this Roadmap and additional resources at smchealth.org/SuicidePrevention.
– Join Suicide Prevention Committee : Stay involved with the Suicide Prevention Committee (SPC) which is open to the public. You can just join our mailing list to stay in the loop or you can get more involved and join our meetings and workgroups. To join SPC, contact Sylvia Tang at STang@smcgov.org.

If you know someone who is in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for 24/7 confidential crisis support: call 650-579-0350 (or 1-800-273-8255) or text “BAY” to 741741.

Suicide Prevention Month: Find the Words

💬 If you’re worried about someone, mention the behaviors you have been noticing and ask directly about suicide. Saying the words directly, “Are you thinking about suicide?” can be difficult, but when it comes to suicide prevention, none are more important. Remember you are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you are concerned about a loved one or in crisis yourself.

For full list of free events happening throughout this month in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact one of these 24/7 hotlines: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350 Crisis Text Line: Text “Bay” to 741-741


💬 Si está preocupado por alguien, comience la conversación mencionando los cambios en comportamiento que ha notado y pregunte directamente sobre el suicidio. ¿Decir “estás pensando en el suicidio?” puede ser difícil, pero cuando tiene que ver con el suicidio, estas palabras son las más importantes. Recuerde, no está solo. Si está preocupado por alguien o si usted está en crisis, llame a La Red Nacional para la prevención del Suicidio al 1-888-628-9454.

Para conocer la información sobre los eventos gratuitos y la proclamación de la Junta de Supervisores ingrese a SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

Si usted o alguien a quien conoce tiene pensamientos suicidas, llame a alguna de estas líneas de ayuda, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana: Línea nacional de prevención del suicidio 1-800-273-8255 Línea directa para crisis de StarVista: 650-579-0350 Línea de mensajes de texto ante crisis: Envíe “Bay” al 741-741

9/15- Ask Me Anything: Candid Conversations on Suicide

This Wednesday, join us for an enlightening, educational, and de-stigmatizing discussion about suicide. This “ask me anything” style event will allow audience participants to ask suicide survivors any questions they may have about suicide. Fellow suicide survivors and those who have less opportunity to talk about suicide are welcome. The speakers include three suicide survivors who have graduated from the Lived Experience Academy speakers training.

Recommended for ages 13+

Register at redwoodcity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tceGsqTsvHNzvFGtvgK-q-iGKjMmLNsAr

This event is co-sponsored by the Redwood City Public Library and San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services – Office of Diversity and Equity. If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis call the StarVista 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350 or Text “BAY” to 741741

Tonight at 6pm: Music and Poetry in Observance of World Suicide Prevention Day

🎼 In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day join us for our event tonight at 6pm, “Music and Poetry in Observance of World Suicide Prevention Day”. We will acknowledge the struggle people have with suicide through beautiful music, poetry, and stories from speakers with lived experience.

The event will conclude with a call to action to light a candle in honor of loved ones lost to suicide.

For full list of free events happening throughout this month in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact one of these 24/7 hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350
Crisis Text Line: Text “Bay” to 741-741

Suicide Prevention Week “Reconnect” Activity Challenge #5

🕯️Challenge #5
It is World Suicide Prevention Day! Observed each year on September 10th, On this special day, complete the fifth Suicide Prevention Week “Reconnect” Activity Challenge by joining thousands of others in showing your support for suicide prevention and to remember loved ones lost to suicide by lighting a candle 🕯 🕯 🕯 near a window or sharing on social media at 8PM. Learn more at suicideispreventable.org/prevention-kit.php.

For full list of free events happening throughout this month in honor of Suicide Prevention Month, visit SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, contact one of these 24/7 hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 
StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350 
Crisis Text Line: Text “Bay” to 741-741

🕯️ Desafío n.º 5
¡Es el Día mundial de la prevención del suicidio! Como cada 10 de septiembre de todos los años, en este día especial, complete la quinta actividad del desafío (“challenge”) “Reconectar” uniéndose a miles de otras personas para demostrar su apoyo a la prevención del suicidio y recordar a los seres queridos víctimas del suicidio encendiendo una vela 🕯 🕯 🕯 cerca de una ventana o compartiendo en las redes sociales a las 8 p. m. Obtenga más información en suicideispreventable.org/prevention-kit.php. #SuicidePrevention #Reconnect 

Para conocer una lista completa de los eventos gratuitos de este mes en honor al mes de la prevención del suicidio, visite SMCHealth.org/Suicide-Prevention-Month. 

Si usted o alguien a quien conoce tiene pensamientos suicidas, llame a alguna de estas líneas de ayuda, las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana:
Línea nacional de prevención del suicidio 1-800-273-8255 
Línea directa para crisis de StarVista: 650-579-0350 
Línea de mensajes de texto ante crisis: Envíe “Bay” al 741-741
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