Press Release: For immediate release
Lea Berhane, Chief Development, Marketing & Technology Officer
(650) 591-9623 x142
StarVista to Host its First Mental Health Matters Walk
May 11, 2022
San Carlos, CA – StarVista, a nonprofit that delivers high-impact services through counseling, case management, skill development, and crisis prevention to children, youth, adults, and families in San Mateo County, is hosting its first Mental Health Walk event in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.
StarVista’s Mental Health Matters Walk hopes to bring together our community to strengthen the resilience of our neighbors and empower every walk of life and every age to find their best future. StarVista’s Mental Health Matters Walk will take place on Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Ryder Park in San Mateo. This feel-good event will host activities for all ages dedicated to honoring mental health and self-care including opportunities to win prizes, hatha yoga, musical performance, rock painting, self-care DIY kits, and much more! Snacks will be provided throughout the event, and there will be a dedicated lunch hour.
Register for the event at www.star-vista.org/mhmatters22. Register by May 21 to receive a free Mental Health Matters swag item!
The event’s guest speakers are Rick Bonilla, Mayor of San Mateo, Chief Ed Barberini, San Mateo County Chief of Police, Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph.D., MACP, StarVista Chief Executive Officer, and Kelsey Andrews, StarVista Crisis Center staff member. Community partners, sponsors, and StarVista programs will also have information booths for people to explore mental health services in San Mateo County.
This event is free, open to all ages, wheelchair accessible, and will take place outdoors to promote COVID safety.
The event is being held in partnership with San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Office of Diversity and Equity in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month. The event is being sponsored by SolMateo, Stanford Health Care, Provident Credit Union, Peninsula Health Care District and Viola Law Firm.
StarVista has also partnered with San Mateo County Law Enforcement, San Mateo County Fire, and the City of San Mateo to bring awareness to its 24/7 Crisis Hotline 650-579-0350, a program of the StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center. Throughout the month of May, participating agencies are displaying a StarVista Crisis Hotline bumper magnet on their public service vehicles.
The StarVista Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center provides suicide intervention services and programs for San Mateo County residents, including a 24-hour crisis hotline, mobile youth crisis response team, online and text teen crisis support, and educational presentations to the community and schools. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology and belongs to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline national network of crisis centers.