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Mental Health Awareness Month


Upcoming Events

Join us in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month by attending one or more of the 20+ events below. You can find most of these events on the Calendar of Events. For the most up-to-date information, please continue visiting this site. 

Tuesday, May 23  1:00-4:00 PM    
Heart and Soul, Inc Open House  
Be the One That Matters    
210 Industrial Road, Suite 205, San Carlos, CA  94070    
Contact: Yoshie Hill |
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Wednesday, May 24 12:15-1:15PM    
Distinguishing Alzheimer’s Disease from other types of Dementia    

Be the One to Recognize the Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease    
San Mateo Medical Center – 2nd Floor, Classroom 1, 222 West 39th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403
Contact: Dina Gibbs |    
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RSVP required as registration is limited (contact above)

Thursday, May 25 6:30-8:30PM    
NAMI SMC General Meeting – Mental Health & Stigma: Changing the Conversation, the Metaphor and the Outcomes. Presenter: Dr. Siya Mehtani, Psychiatrist, San Mateo County          
Be the One to Support Individuals and Families with Mental Illness    
Mills Health Center – Hendrickson Auditorium, 100 S San Mateo Dr, San Mateo, CA, 94401
Contact: Helene Zimmerman |

Thursday, May 25 4:00-7:00PM
PREP/BEAM San Mateo Open House

Be the One to Support Early Care for Bipolar Disorder
1108 S El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94402
Contact: Bruce Adams |
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Thursday, May 25 5:30-7:45PM
SMC Directing Change Film Screening
Be the One to Direct the Changes We Want to See
San Mateo County Health System – Multipurpose Room 100 (225 37th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403)
Contact: Chenece Blackshear |
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Friday, May 26 5:00-7:00PM
Open Mic & Poetry Slam 
(for 18-25 year olds)
Be the One to Break the Stigma with YOUR WORDS
Edgewood Drop-In Center – South, 604 Price Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063
Contact: Manith Thaing |
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Wednesday, May 31 10:00AM-4:00PM
Urgency of Now: Engaging African American Clients and Families in Treatment

Be The One to Connect with African American Clients
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 330 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065
Contact: Talisha Racy |   

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.

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

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.

This May is Mental Health Month. 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.

Join us at one of the many events hosted throughout San Mateo County as we stand up and work together to help everyone live a long and healthy life.

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 (more details will be posted on this website soon).
  • 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.

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.


Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Services

If you or a loved one is dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism, prescription drug abuse 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.