Mental Health Awareness Month 2020
San Mateo County
Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) in May to promote wellness and reduce stigma against those facing mental health and substance use issues. This year, the County is joining Each Mind Matters, California’s Statewide Mental Health Movement, in promoting the theme Express Yourself.
Through out the month of May they will focus on how expressing ourselves in different ways can raise awareness about mental health, break down barriers between people, build our own wellness, and strengthen our communities. Some of the various events will include virtual open mics, paint and dance classes, mental health panels, and more!
Due to COVID-19, events will be virtual this year: bit.ly/2020mham.
San Mateo County Pride Center
Our friends at the San Mateo County Pride Center are hosting a digital open mic to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. You don’t have to identify as LGBTQ to participate, allies are welcome. This free event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th from 6-8pm & is hosted by Bay Area supernova, Jesús U. BettaWork.
The Pride Center is excited to provide a small stipend to folks who participate. Information about logging into the event and signing up to perform can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Wvd3wH
Our Teen Crisis Chat service, www.onyourmind.net, has an array of regional and local mental health resources. Their latest blog post, published with our HAP-Y program, shares self-care tips and activities during shelter-in-place. Read it here: http://www.onyourmind.net/self-care-tips-from-starvistas-hap-y-youth/
We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month on Instagram! Follow our page for helpful resources and inspirational quotes from our program staff: https://www.instagram.com/starvistasmc/
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StarVista’s Crisis Center provides intervention services for schools, a 24-hour crisis hotline 650-579-0350 and 800-273-8255, online teen crisis chat www.onyourmind.net, an alcohol and drug helpline, and a parent support hotline. We continue to provide services during the #covid19 pandemic and shelter-in-place. Our professional staff provide life-changing support and services with passion, dedication, and a deep sense of caring and concern for the welfare of every person we serve. Who could call the crisis line? -Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal. -Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one. -Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals. -Or anyone who just needs some support through a personal crisis. Our Suicide Hotline is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week for crisis intervention. 650-579-0350 and 800-273-8255. To learn more, visit www.star-vista.org/crisis-center. #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealthawarenessweek #suicide #suicideprevention #crisis #teensupport #depression #anxiety #sanmateocounty