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Mental Health Month


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May Mental Health Month 

Each year, San Mateo County joins our state and country in celebrating Mental Health Month (MHM) in May. MHM is one of the best times of the year to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions. Each year we partner with local agencies and community members to promote events free and open to the public throughout the county. 

Thank you for celebrating 2022 Mental Health Month!

Stay tuned for next year! If you would like to be part of our 2023 Mental Health Month, please email Sylvia Tang at We will likely begin planning around November 2022. 


If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health or substance condition, you are not alone. These are the top behavioral health resources for crisis and non-crisis situations. All resources are free.

For Emergencies that need an immediate response, call or text 9-1-1.

  • When contacting 911 during a mental health crisis, request a crisis intervention trained (CIT) officer. To find out how to prepare and what to expect, learn more at

For 24/7 confidential support

  • Call

    • StarVista Crisis Hotline: (650) 579-0350
    • National Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255
  • Text
    • National Crisis Texline: Text “Bay” to 741741
    • StarVista Teen Crisis Services (Mon-Thurs, 4:30pm-9:30pm): 650-747-6463
  • Visit

Crisis hotlines provide immediate telephone counseling by trained crisis workers. You do not need to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis to call. These lines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For Non-Crisis Resources

  • Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Access Call Center
    800-686-0101 and TTY (for hearing impaired): dial 711

For help finding mental health and substance use services call the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services ACCESS Call Center for information, an assessment and a referral based on individual needs. 

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services serves San Mateo County residents with Medi-Cal & those who are uninsured.

Learn how to request services through the Access Call Center (download one page summary in English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Russian).

Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Website: 

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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.


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 1 (800) 686-0101, TTY (for hearing impaired): dial 711.