Let’s Talk Mental Health – A Community Conversation Series

Living with mental illness is a challenging road to travel because it is a silent disease and is surrounded by immense stigma. Our programs aim to make a difference. Our hope is to bring light to a subject often kept in the dark.

The Peninsula Temple Sholom Let’s Talk Mental Health” (LTMH) mental health community conversations are an outgrowth the synagogue’s Panim-el-Panim (Face to Face) Teen & Young Adult Mental Health initiative, working to educate, reduce stigma and advocate on mental health issues. This series discusses the mental health challenges of people of all ages.

LTMH is free and open to the wider community including people of all faiths and backgrounds. Quarterly, they are organized and implemented by a committee of volunteers at PTS who are concerned about mental health. Each session is designed to provide information, education, support, and resources to family members, colleagues, friends living with mental health challenges.

LTMH is not a support group; everyone is welcome to participate actively, or passively, based on their own comfort level. Each gathering typically consists of one speaker or a panel, followed by an anonymous, written question and answer period. There is no pressure to actively participate or reveal personal details.

The programs are generally held at PTS on Sundays between 3:00 – 5:00. Light refreshments are served. Additionally, the San Mateo chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) provides written materials and can be a resource for services.

For more information or to learn more about the Let’s Talk Mental Health community conversation series you may email Rabbi Lisa Delson at, rabbidelson@sholom.org.

Please Join Us. You will be glad you did!

Upcoming programming:
The Let’s Talk Mental Health committee of Peninsula Temple Sholom
invites you to join us for

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) in Redwood City
will present a program for adolescents, young adults and their families
Sunday, October 24
3:00 – 4:30 PM on Zoom



To view past recorded Let’s Talk Mental Health Sessions, click here.

“I really enjoyed hearing the speakers tell their stories”,
“It was a wonderful opportunity to find out my story wasn’t unique and I’m not alone,”
“It felt so good to be with others who are experiencing the same thing.”
“After seeing what a nice group this was, it will be so much easier the next time.”
“It’s great that the temple cares about us and puts on these programs.”

PTS Mental Health Crisis Resources

StarVista – A San Mateo County organization
24/7 Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center
650-579-0350 / 800-784-2433 HOTLINE for adults, teens and children

Calling the local number will get you someone in San Mateo County. Calling the 800 number will get you the first person available. This person may not be in San Mateo County.

Text HOME to 741741


StarVista Peer to Peer Teen Chat

Available 4:30 – 9:30 Monday – Thursday

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK/ 800-273-8255
Suicide and crisis 24/7 hotline 855-278-4204

Text TALK to 741741

San Francisco Suicide Prevention

Crisis Line, 415-781-0500


FAST- Family Assertive Support Team
When your loved one is in emotional distress.
650-368-3178/ Pager, 650-696-5915

Supported by Mateo Lodge and San Mateo County Mental Health

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Support, education and advocacy for families
Local number, San Mateo, NAMI office, 650-638-0800


NAMI National Helpline: 800-950-6264 (M-F: 10-6 Eastern)

Text NAMI to 741741


“Warm” Peer Support Line

M-F 7am- 11pm, Sat/Sun 11-7pm, 855-845-7415
For people in distress, gives resource support


Jewish Children and Family Services


Has many programs serving children, families, immigrants and the elderly in the Bay Area.


JFCS: Find Help ( listing of all JFCS services)

Psych Emergency: San Mateo Medical Center 650-573-2662

Mills Peninsula Hospital, 650-696-5915

Kaiser South San Francisco, 650-742-2511

Kaiser permanente SMC, 650-991-6455

Parent Support Line, 650-579-0358/ 888-220-7575

24/7 for any parents in search of resources or who just need to talk.


CAHPP Child & Adolescent Hotline Prevention Program Call/Text Line

24/7 for parents of children of all ages accepts both calls and text messages
650-567-KIDS (5437)


San Mateo County Access Main Number

650-579-0359/ 800-686-0101

For assistance finding mental health or substance use services