San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto helps us break the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness, along with StarVista trauma specialists.
Cassinetto emcees this affirming event in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month. We're also joined by a trauma specialist from StarVista.
About Mental Health Awareness Month
In May, Menlo Park Library partners with San Mateo County Health and other organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). The effort is to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.
About Aileen Cassinetto
As 2019-2020 San Mateo County Poet Laureate, Aileen Cassinetto's role is to elevate poetry among San Mateo County residents and to celebrate the literary arts by making poetry more accessible to people in their everyday lives. Cassinettois the author of The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves and Other Poems,Traje de Boda,The Art of Salamat,B & O Blues, and Tweet. Her work is on permanent display at the San Francisco Public Library as part of the Hay(na)ku Poetry Exhibit. She is the publisher of Paloma Press, an independent literary press established in 2016, which has released 12 books to date.
StarVista is a nonprofit mental health care organization delivering high-impact services through counseling, skill development, and crisis prevention to children, youth, adults, and families to help all ages and stages through life’s challenges. StarVista’s 24/7 Crisis Hotline answered over 10,000 calls last year. If you are currently in crisis and need an immediate response, please call StarVista’s Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350 or call 911.
Recorded May 1, 2020