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May 3, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
A lone microphone in a bright, empty room
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Mental Health Open Mic

Monday, May 3, 2021

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto and StarVista trauma specialists help us break the silence surrounding the mental health impacts of rising anti-Asian sentiment.

Whether in poetry, spoken word, or music, let's bring our voices together to break the silence surrounding the mental health impacts of rising anti-Asian sentiments and stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. Share your own words, or listen to others.

San Mateo County Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto will emcee this affirming event in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We’ll also be joined by trauma specialists from StarVista.

About Mental Health Awareness Month
This May, Menlo Park is partnering with San Mateo County Health and other organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM). Join us in the effort to increase awareness and inspire action to reduce stigma against those with mental health and substance use conditions.
About Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
AAPI Heritage Month is a time for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Menlo Park stands in solidarity with the AAPI community and condemns all forms of racism.

About Aileen Cassinetto
Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of the County of San Mateo. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asahi Shimbun, The Banyan Review, Cultural Weekly, Fellowship Magazine, Guest, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Moss Trill, The Nonconformist Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others. As Poet Laureate, she works with local government agencies, such as the Arts Commission, the Commission on the Status of Women, the LGBTQ Commission, member libraries of the Peninsula Library System, the Harbor District Commission, and nonprofits, such as the Housing Leadership Council and Filoli Center, to amplify the role of poetry in public discourse. 

About StarVista
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.