Next General Meeting
May 22, 2013
100 S. San Mateo Drive in San Mateo
Hendrikson Auditorium/Mills Health Center (Free evening parking in front)
6:00 Meet the Director: Steve Kaplan, Director, SMC BHRS
6:30 Social and Announcements
7:00 to 8:30pm Program
Spirituality Enhances Mental Health
William Kruse and Jairo Wilches, Spirituality Initiative Co-Directors
Join us to hear about the recent research at UM on Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Catholics and Protestants, which found that spirituality profoundly enhances mental health. Learn also about the Spirituality Initiative which is part of ODE and SMC BHRS. Bill and Jairo have been working with consumers, family members, clergy and clinicians to find ways to integrate spirituality into the treatment of SMC clients. Maureen Sinnott, NAMI Board Member, Psychologist and Franciscan nun, will show a brief NAMI DVD on Faith Communities Building Bridges of Hope, which shows ways we can encourage our faith communities to be more supportive of those with mental health issues and their families. We will be hearing from consumers about their faith development and spiritual journeys, sharing how spirituality has given them the motivation and courage to confront stigma and believe in a brighter future. Hear about NAMI and BHRS working together to help all of us become more aware of how spirituality genuinely enhances mental health.
NAMI SMC General Meetings are free and open to the community.
You are not alone in trying to understand and cope with mental illness!
The families and members of NAMI San Mateo County are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness in San Mateo County.
Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.
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NAMI San Mateo County was founded in 1974 and continues to be dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy.
Our goals are to:
- Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing , education and employment for people with mental illlness.
- Educate the public about mental illness.
- Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
- Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
In our envisioned future mental illness will no longer thwart a person's fulfillment of his or her potential. With early pinpoint diagnoses, interventions and targeted medications and services there is no pervasive disability. Ultimately, we envision a day when prevention or a cure is found.
NAMI San Mateo County Receives Second Grant From the Sequoia Healthcare District Grant
On June 7, 2011, NAMI co-president Mike Stimson and past president Steve Way, gratefully accepted a portion of a $20,000 Caring Community Grant awarded NAMI San Mateo from the Sequoia Healthcare District. This is NAMI’s second grant to be used toward education, support and outreach. The Sequoia Health Care District, through the district’s grant-making program, seeks to leverage district assets and make significant contributions to the health of the community. Grants are made on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies concerned with the healthcare needs of the residents of the southern part of San Mateo County.
NAMI San Mateo once again requested and received grant funding to assist with our educational programs and support and outreach within the community, all of which are offered throughout the county at no cost to those receiving the services. The ultimate goal is to demystify and de-stigmatize serious mental illness in youth and adults.
For more information on the Sequoia Healthcare District please visit their website at www.sequioahealthcaredistrict.com
Come visit us at our office
NAMI San Mateo County
1650 Borel Place
San Mateo CA 94402
Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Hours: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tel: (650) 638 0800
Fax: (650) 638 1475