Mental Health Month
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 STang@smcgov.org. 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 www.smchealth.org/mh911
For 24/7 confidential support
- StarVista Crisis Hotline: (650) 579-0350
- National Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255
- National Crisis Texline: Text “Bay” to 741741
- StarVista Teen Crisis Services (Mon-Thurs, 4:30pm-9:30pm): 650-747-6463
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: smchealth.org/bhrsservices
Additional Behavioral Health Resources