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May Mental Health Awareness Month 

Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May. MHAM is one of the best times of the year where we can increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Words of Wellness

This year, we partnered with local agencies and libraries from the San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System to promote over 40 MHAM events (nearly double the amount we hosted last year!) free and open to the public throughout the county. This partnership was formed to bring a national and statewide mental health movement to a local and familiar community space – public libraries. Given this partnership, this year’s MHAM theme is “Words of Wellness” in which we will spread the messages of hope, resiliency and inclusion in our libraries and elsewhere in the community.

Despite everything that makes us different and unique, we would like to take this opportunity to unify our San Mateo County community around mental wellness and recovery. 

*NEW* 2019 MHAM Words of Wellness – Bookmark (Hard copies available at certain libraries) 

*NEW* 2019 MHAM Words of Wellness – Book list

Please visit this site again for updates on Mental Health Awareness Month events in the community. 

Upcoming Events

Events scheduled for this month are listed below or in our Calendar of Events. For the most up-to-date information, please continue visiting this site.

Whether you are attending one of these events or are celebrating elsewhere, use #BeTheOneSMC and/or #WordsofWellness on social media to help raise awareness and get a free lime green commemorative pin!  To claim your pin, please e-mail a picture of your tagged social media posts to Kristie Lui (kflui@smcgov.org). 

Tue, 4/23 9am Proclamation of 2019 May Mental Health Awareness Month
Board of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Ctr, Redwood City
Details: Board of Supervisors proclaim May as Mental Health Awareness Month in San Mateo County. 
Language: English
Contact: Sylvia Tang | stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165  

Wed, 4/24 5:30pm Bases y Fundamentos de Nami- 6 Semanas*​
Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas St, Half Moon Bay
Details: Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI es un programa de 6 sesiones diseñado para padres y otros cuidadores de niños y adolescentes con problemas emocionales y de comportamiento.
Language: Spanish
Contact: Jose Aguirre | jaguirre@smcgov.org
Para registrarse llame al 650-599-9107.

Wed, 5/1 7pm Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI 
San Carlos Library
610 Elm St, San Carlos
Details: NAMI San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Language: English 
Contact: Rhea Bradley | bradley@smcl.org

Wed, 5/1 6:30pm Mental Health 101: Trauma
Menlo Park Main Library 
800 Alma Street, Menlo Park
Details: What is trauma, what does it lead to, and what are some grounding techniques? Menlo Park Main Library kicks off Mental Health Awareness Month with a panel of experts from CORA offering information and answering questions.
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Thu, 5/2 12:30pm Film Screening: The Dark Horse
San Mateo Public Library – Oak Room
55 W 3rd Ave, San Mateo
Details: Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) will be hosting a film screening of “The Dark Horse” (2014) at the San Mateo Public Library, followed by a discussion on the film and mental health stigma. Refreshments will be provided for attendees, and there will be a raffle.  “The Dark Horse” is the story of world champion Chess player Genesis Poitini who is living with bipolar disorder.
Language: English
Contact: Alexandra Manieri (alexandram@cidsanmateo.org) & Benjamin McMullan (benjaminm@cidsanmateo.org)

Thu, 5/2 3:30pm Anti- Test Anxiety
Grand Avenue Library
306 Walnut Ave, South San Francisco
Details: Want to get better at studying and taking tests? In this workshop for middle school students and up, you will learn mind tools and brain hacks to study better, retain more information and calm your nerves before and during tests. Learn how to get into a flow state for study and test taking; three easy and quick tools for calming your nerves in an instant; tools to help you increase your confidence. Taught by Erin Acharya, CHT, HBCE and former educator. She is the owner of The Nest Hypnotherapy in South San Francisco. She has three kids and loves teaching students how to get in charge of their mind so that they can shoot for their dreams.  For 12-18 years old.
Language: English
Contact:  Anna Taloma | taloma@plsinfo.org

Thu, 5/2 6pm Voices of Recovery Presents: Wellness Recovery Action Plan “Wrap Around Trauma” – 10 Sessions
310 Harbor Blvd, Bldg E, Belmont
Details: Using WRAP to reduce stigma and maintain your wellness
Tuesday and Thursdays starting Thu, 5/2 thru Thu, 5/30 6pm to 7:30pm Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) For Trauma. Presented by Voices of Recovery San Mateo County
Language: English (Spanish translation if requested) 
Contact: Sharon Heath | sheath@vorsmc.org | 650-289-7670

Fri, 5/3 6pm Heal and Paint
Our Second Home
725 Price St, Daly City
Details: The Pacific Islander Initiative will conduct 3 Heal & Paint events with 3 Pacific Islander (PI) community groups/spaces to reduce mental health stigma, increase mental health awareness, promote healing, and produce art installations for the Pacific Islander Initiative’s (PII) Suicide Prevention event in September 2019, One Life, All Love Art Gallery. Each Heal & Paint project will focus on mental health awareness with a specific focus on suicide (ideation, attempts, survivors) in the PI community. Heal and Paint workshops are facilitated to reduce stigma and increase awareness about suicide and mental health in the PI community. The purpose of the event is to reduce stigma and increase awareness regarding suicide and mental health in the Pacific Islander community by promoting creative arts as a mode for healing.   
Language: English
Contact: Siulolovao Vuna | svuna@pcrcweb.org 

Sat, 5/4 11am Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI 
Brisbane Library
250 Visitacion Ave, Brisbane
Details: NAMI San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Languages: English. 
Contact: Erin McGee | mcgee@smcl.org

Sat, 5/4 3pm Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop 
San Carlos Library
610 Elm St, San Carlos
Details: Join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop! In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals about SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression), their relationship to mental health and how we can build supportive and affirming environments for us all to thrive.  
Language: English
Contact: Rhea Bradley | bradley@smcl.org

Mon, 5/6 6pm StarVista Crisis Hotline Volunteer Panel 
San Mateo Public Library – Oak Room, 55 W 3rd Ave, SM
Details: The StarVista Crisis Center’s volunteers and staff will come to answer questions about the hotline and what it is like to be a volunteer! Community members will learn about the Crisis Center’s services and how to get involved. 
Languages: English
Contact: Karina Chapa | karina.chapa@star-vista.org

Tue, 5/7 1pm Lived Experience Academy- Hearing Stories of Mental Health From Those Who’ve Lived It
Skyline College Campus – Building 4 Room 4301
Detail: Panel of lived experience speakers will talk about their personal experience with mental health. 
Language: English
Contact: Perry Chen | chenp@smccd.edu

Tue, 5/7 1:30pm – 3pm Hidden Pain: Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans and First Responders
Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Room 100 
1300 El Camino Real, San Mateo 
Detail: Each year, we lose more citizens to suicide than to car accidents, homicide, or hostile acts of war. Dr. Springer will offer us a window into how our veterans and first responders may struggle with suicide and help us understand why the suicide rate among these populations is higher than among the population at large. Dr. Springer will reflect on the nature of the warrior ethos, share her evolving conceptualization of moral injury, and articulate links between guilt, shame, and suicidal thinking. In addition, she will shed light on challenging topics, including:
Language: English
Contact: Islam Hassanein | islam.hassanein@star-vista.org or Sylvia Tang | stang@smcgov.org | 650-578-7165

Tue, 5/7 6pm Book Talk with Francine Toder, Ph.D., Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully​
SSF Main Library
840 W. Orange Ave., SSF
Details: Francine Toder, Ph.D., psychologist and writer, will share some of the 51 ways to explore the world mindfully from her new book, Inward Traveler. Learn how Eastern philosophy and practices can enhance your travels. Find out how to energize or quiet yourself on the road. Discover how your personality and time-perspective affects travel, with others or solo. Get tips to supercharge your five senses, on any journey. Find out how a distracted mind can boost creativity—on trips of any length. Come away with new strategies for traveling mindfully.     Francine Toder, Ph.D. is an emeritus faculty member of California State University, Sacramento, a clinical psychologist and writer. She is the author of 3 other books including most recently, The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty. Her writing appears in magazines, professional journals, newspapers, and online magazines such as Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Next Avenue.
Language: English
Contact: Stacy Lein | lein@plsinfo.org

Tues, 5/7 6pm Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word
Pacifica Sharp Park Library
104 Hilton Way Pacifica
Details: Screening of the S-Word Film “It is not the word suicide that is the problem; it is the silence that so often follows.” This film follows people who are surviving and thriving. Q and A to follow. 
Languages: English
Flyer | RSVP 
Contact: Paula Teixeira | teixeira@smcl.org

Wed, 5/8 6:30pm-8:45 pm Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word
Redwood City Public Library – Downtown Library Community Room – 1044 Middlefield Road
Details: A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, and humor. She discovers a national community rising to transform persona struggles into action.  Join us for a panel discussion with participants with lived experience & mental health professionals.  Film information: https://theswordmovie.com
Language: English
Contact: Roz Kutler | rkutler@redwoodcity.org
Please register:  http://www.redwoodcity.org/departments/library/events/event-registration

Thu, 5/9 6pm Meditación con Pablo Gonzalez​
South San Francisco Main Library
840 W. Orange Ave, South San Francisco
Details: Nos enfocaremos en la meditación de la atención plena, que es una práctica basada en estar consciente y experimentar el momento presente. Después de proporcionar la instrucción básica, habrá una sesión de meditación silenciosa de 20 minutos que será seguida por una discusión sobre meditación. Se recomienda a los participantes que lleven ropa cómoda y traigan un cojín o almohada. Los participantes que no traigan su propio cojín o almohada pueden utilizar una silla o una estera de yoga proporcionadas por la biblioteca.
Language: Spanish
Contact: Stacy Lein | lein@plsinfo.org

Sat, 5/11 2pm Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI​
Foster City Library
1000 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City
Details: NAMI San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Languages: English
Contact: Anna Koch; Paula Teixeira | teixeira@smcl.org

Sat, 5/11 2pm Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop 
Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas St, Half Moon Bay
Details: Join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a Gender and Sexuality 101 Workshop!   In this workshop you will learn the fundamentals about SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression), their relationship to mental health and how we can build supportive and affirming environments for us all to thrive.  
Languages: English
Contact: Francisco Vargas | vargas@smcl.org

Mon, 5/13 7pm Singer-Songwriter Gaby Castro: Songs of Hope and Healing
Menlo Park Main Library
800 Alma Street, Menlo Park
Details: Castro combines introspective song writing with a contemporary style. An advocate for mental health awareness, many of Gaby’s songs touch on her personal struggles and the trials of those around her. 
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Tues, 5/14 6:30pm – 8:30pm Death Cafe
Seniors at Home
2001 Winward Way, San Mateo
Details: At a Death Café, people – often strangers – gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. It’s adiscussion group with no agenda. It’s a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a
supportive and safe environment.
Languages: English
Contact: Susan Barber | (650) 532- 2396
Flyer

Fri, 5/17 2pm – 4pm Drumming & Spirituality for Healing and Recovery
San Mateo Garden Center
605 Parkside Way, San Mateo
Details: Dr. Sal Núñez developed the Medicinal Drumming therapeutic approach, which incorporates indigenous medicine, behavioral medicine, and traditional Afro Puerto Rican rhythms. This practice has been endorsed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Mental Health and the University of South Florida. 
Languages: English
Contact: Frances Lobos | flobos@smcgov.org | (650) 372-3272
English FlyerSpanish Flyer

Fri, 5/17 6:30pm Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Randolph M. Nesse, M.D.
Menlo Park City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St, Menlo Park
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Sat, 5/18 1pm Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI
Portola Valley Library 
765 Portola Rd, Portola Valley
Details: Nami  San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Languages: English
Contact: Sherry Markrow; Paula Teixeira| teixeira@smcl.org

Sat, 5/18 1pm Str8jacket Hip Hop Dance Performance
Menlo Park Belle Haven Branch Library
413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
Details: Enjoy a performance by a dance team that values passion, and promotes mental health and acceptance. As a no-audition competitive dance team, Str8jacket promotes a real sense of family and community. Performance will be followed by a fun dance tutorial! 
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org
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Sun, 5/19 2:15pm Walgreens presents Exercise & Physical Activity
South San Francisco Main Library
840 W. Orange Ave., South San Francisco
Details: Learn about the benefits of physical exercise for your mood and well being.
Languages: English
Contact: Stacy Lein | lein@plsinfo.org

Mon, 5/20 1pm Introduction to Mental Health with NAMI
Woodside Library 
3140 Woodside Rd, Woodside
Details: NAMI San Mateo will present a mental health program discussing mental illness, as well as the services and programs that NAMI offers. Following this discussion, a person living well with their mental health diagnosis will be sharing their story.
Languages: English
Contact: Kayla Marie; Paula Teixeira | teixeira@smcl.org

Mon, 5/20 4pm Design and Bind Journals (Teens)*
Menlo Park Belle Haven Branch Library
413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
Details: Take some time out of your hectic schedule to enjoy some art therapy with Christie Inocencio from Christie’s Creative Cupboard. She will bring all the supplies for you to design and bind your own journal. For grades 5-12.
Languages: English
Contact: Gina Feil | gifeil@menlopark.org
For pre- registration click here.

Tue, 5/21 4pm Design and Bind Journals (Teens)*
Menlo Park Main Library
800 Alma Street, Menlo Park
Details: Take some time out of your hectic schedule to enjoy some art therapy with Christie Inocencio from Christie’s Creative Cupboard. She will bring all the supplies for you to design and bind your own journal. For grades 5-12.
Language: English 
Contact: Gina Feil | gifeil@menlopark.org
For pre- registration click here

Wed, 5/22 6:30pm Mental Health Self Care with StarVista
Sharp Park Library
104 Hilton Way, Pacifica
Details: Learn techniques for self care! Each participant will create their own self care kit to take home. 
Languages: English
Contact: Paula Teixeiral | teixeira@smcl.org

Wed, 5/22 7:45pm Wed, 12th Annual Break-Fast event ​
Westmoor High School – Cafeteria
131 Westmoor Avenue, Daly City
Details: This event is to bring community together to share a meal and celebrate the month of Ramadan. This event helps bridge community members of all faiths or no faiths and is open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. 
Languages: English
Contact: Islam Hassanein | islam.hassanein@star-vista.org

Thu, 5/23 10:30am – 12pm Millbrae Library: Story time​
Millbrae Library 
1 Library Ave, Millbrae
Details: Come to Story Time to hear stories related to social emotional development to children and families at Millbrae library. This can be a Chinese and English bilingual story time.   
Languages: English, Chinese Mandarin if requested
Contact: Winnie Wu | wcwu@smcgov.org

Thu, 5/23 3pm Felton Early Psychosis/BEAM Open House
1108 S El Camino Real, San Mateo CA
Details: Felton Early Psychosis and BEAM Programs of San Mateo will be hosting an annual Open House celebration. Come and learn about the program, the services offered, and the dynamic team that provides the services. Included in this year’s Open House Agenda will be an announcement about exciting changes coming to the program. You will not want to miss it!
Languages: English (Spanish and Mandarin available upon request) 
Contact: Rod Cooper | rcooper@felton.org

Thu, 5/23 6-7:30m Youth Mental Health: Assessing Resources for Yourself and Others
Half Moon Bay Library, Community Room
620 Correas St, Half Moon Bay
Details: We all experience stress, sadness, and other things that can affect our physical and mental wellbeing. When this happens, it can be hard to carry on with school, work, and our daily life. Join us for a presentation on youth mental health, and accessing mental health resources in Half Moon Bay. Later, workshop attendees will hear about a bill that will bring youth mental health resources to Half Moon Bay, and have a chance to share their input.    Youth Leadership Institute and Assemblymember Berman’s Office (CA District 24) will be facilitating the presentation!
Language: English
Contact: Smitha Gundavajhala | sgundavajhala@yli.org

Fri, 5/24 7pm Building a Community of Healers: An Open Mic Night
PRIDE Center
1021 S El Camino Real, San Mateo
Details: Join CORA and the PRIDE Center for an open mic night focused on healing, self-care, and mental health. 
Languages: English
Contact: Sagarika Gami | sagarikag@corasupport.org

Fri, 5/24 7:15pm Mental Health Open Mic
Café Zoë, 1929 Menalto Ave, Menlo Park
Details: San Mateo County poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto joins the Menlo Park Library at Café Zoë to help break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness. Enjoy some coffee or tea while you share your own words and/or listen to others.
Languages: English
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Sat, 5/25 3pm Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word
San Carlos Library Upstairs Community Rooms A&B
610 Elm St, San Carlos
Details: Screening of the S-Word Film “It is not the word suicide that is the problem; it is the silence that so often follows.” This film follows people who are surviving and thriving. Q and A to follow. 
Languages: English
Contact: Rhea Bradley | bradley@smcl.org

Tue, 5/28 5pm Film Screening: Soufra
Westmoor High School Theater
131 Westmoor Ave, Daly City
Details: On behalf of Arab Work Group, we are hosting a film screening for Soufra. The film follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home. Throughout the movie you will find themes of hope and community in times of struggle. 
Languages: English (Arabic Interpreter available upon request. Please request interpretation by May 20th, 2019)
Contact: Kristie Lui | kflui@smcgov.org 
Flyer

Wed, 5/29 6pm Film Screening & Panel: The S- Word 
Menlo Park Main Library
800 Alma Street, Menlo Park
Details: “It is not the word suicide that is the problem; it is the silence that so often follows.” This film follows people who are surviving and thriving. It will be followed with a discussion led by Melissa Kelley, LMFT.
Languages: English 
Contact: John Weaver | jnweaver@menlopark.org

Wed, 5/29 7pm Mental Health Self Care with StarVista
San Carlos Library
610 Elm St, San Carlos
Details: Learn  techniques for self care. Each participant will get a Self Care Kit.
Languages: English 
Contact: Rhea Bradley | bradley@smcl.org

Thu, 5/30 12pm Heart and Soul Open House – Food, Film, and Community
210 Industrial Road, Suite 205, San Carlos
Details: Acceptance, Inclusion, and Dignity for All: The Positive Power of Peer Support- Come learn how our peer-founded, operated, and governed organization teaches the community and those in the helping professions to see through the stigma of mental health challenges. 
Languages: English
Contact: Yoshie Hill | yoshieh@heartandsoulinc.org
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Thu, 5/30 5:30pm 12th Annual Family Awareness Night “Mental Health: Healing Through Faith, Culture and Spirituality
East Palo Alto Academy – Multipurpose Room
1050 Myrtle Street, East Palo Alto 
Details: This very exciting evening event is part of a mental health awareness movement that has been happening in East Palo Alto (EPA) since 2005. It is sponsored by the East Palo Alto Behavioral Health Advisory Group (EPABHAG) and convened by One East Palo Alto. This year’s event also represents our own local celebration of May 2019 as National Mental Health Awareness Month, an official, nation-wide recognition period for which San Mateo County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (BHRS) leads.
Languages: English, Spanish, Tongan and Samoan
RSVP by 5/27/19: Mele Latu | mlatu@1epa.org | 650-980-1809
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Thu, 5/30 6pm Substance Use and Mental Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin​
South San Francisco Main Library Auditorium
840 West Orange Ave, South San Francisco
Details: We all experience stress, sadness, and other things that can affect our physical and mental wellness. People sometimes cope with their challenges by drinking, or by using other drugs/substances. Join us for a presentation on the dual issue of mental health and substance use, and how we can take care of our health by changing our environments!    Youth Leadership Institute and Asian American Recovery Services will be facilitating the presentation!
Languages: English
Contact: Smitha Gundavajhala | sgundavajhala@yli.org

Fri, 5/31 8:30am – 5pm Adult Mental Health First Aid
The Barbara A. Mouton Multicultural Wellness Center
903 Weeks Street, East Palo Alto
Details: One East Palo Alto is sponsoring a 8hr. AMHFA Class. You will learn a 5-step action plan to help an individual in an emotional or mental health crisis by observing behavior that are warning signs of emotional and mental distress. You will also learn about community resources available to provide support for the individual.
Languages: English
Contact: Rev. Chester McCall | cmccall@1epa.org | 650-388-8433
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*These events require pre-registration to attend. 

2019 MHAM Planning Committee

Each year, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services partners up with local agencies, consumers, and community members to coordinate Mental Health Awareness Month. This year we also partnered up with San Mateo County Libraries and Peninsula Library System to make events, resources, and much more possible. 

Thank you to our 2019 MHAM Planning Committee for all your hard work! 

Be The One

Stand Up For Mental Health this May!

One in four people have a mental illness yet less than half are getting the help they need—many because they are afraid others will judge them.

You can be the one to help change that.

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is raising awareness about the important role mental health plays in our lives and encouraging members of the community to learn more about their own mental health and to take action if they are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.

Throughout the month, you can learn more about local resources as well as find hope and inspiration through personal stories and by connecting with the greater San Mateo County community to reduce stigma and ensure San Mateo County is a welcoming and safe place for everyone.

Learn more about our Be The One SMC stigma reduction campaign and visit the Be The One photo gallery and check out how community members are making a difference!

Be the One to make a difference

Half of the people with mental health conditions develop symptoms by age 14. The longer someone waits to get help, the longer their recovery process becomes.

It often takes 10 years from the first time someone has mental health concerns until he or she gets a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. Would you wait 10 years to get help if you were experiencing symptoms of cancer or diabetes?

So what can you do? You can:

  • Participate in Mental Health Awareness Month events (see above).
  • Pledge to help stop stigma. Each of us has the power to make our community a welcoming, safe place for everyone.
  • Learn the early warning signs and symptoms of mental illness and don’t be afraid to ask for help for yourself or a loved one.
  • Post a personal message to our Be The One photo gallery.

Mental illnesses are not only common, they are treatable. There is a wide variety of treatment options for mental illnesses ranging from talk therapy to medication to peer support, and it may take some time for a person to find the right treatment or combination of treatments that works best for them. But when they do, the results can be truly amazing and life changing.

It’s up to all of us to know the signs and take action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated, and we can live up to our full potential. We know that intervening effectively during early stages of mental illness can save lives and change the trajectories of people living with mental illnesses. Be aware of your mental health and see your current provider or primary care physician for a screening today.

 

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Mental Health Services

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provides mental health services to individuals who are eligible for Medi-Cal and/or members of the Health Plan of San Mateo through outpatient clinics in Daly City, San Mateo, the Coastside, Redwood City and East Palo Alto, in school-based locations, and through a network of community agencies and independent providers who offer outpatient services, residential treatment, rehabilitation and other services for adults and children.

Overview

Substance Use Treatment Services

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism, prescription drugs or chemical dependency, seeking help is the first step in recovery.  As the mental health and substance use plan for Medi-Cal beneficiaries residing in San Mateo County, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers free consultation, assessment, linkages, and referrals to a network of contracted community-based substance use treatment providers throughout the County.  Call our Access Call Center for assistance at (800) 686-0101, TDD (800) 943-2833.

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