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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Join Us. You will be glad you did!
“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
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
San Mateo County Access Main Number
For assistance finding mental health or substance use services