October 2019 News & Updates
Stay connected!
Visit our website & sign up for ARISE events and meetings!
Hope to see you soon!
Join us on our Facebook Page! This is a space for members to share advocacy information around mental health in San Francisco, pose questions to each other, and collaborate.

ARISE will be taking a break from September 2019 and starting up again in December 2019.

The ARISE Newsletter will be issued each month with announcements regarding events and our plans for ARISE Meetings starting again in December 2019. Thank you for your support and interest in advocacy and ARISE!

Join Us for the November 2019 Conference: Redefining Crazy: It's the System, Not the People!
Information Below!

ARISE Members And MHASF Staff Continue Campaign to Save Permanent Long Term Psychiatric Beds at San Francisco General Hospital
Photo Credit: Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local

ARISE Members and MHASF Staff joined health care providers, patients, family members and community members in a campaign that forced the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) to "pause" its plan to close 41 permanent long term psychiatric beds at the Adult Residental Facility (ARF), part of the Behavioral Health Center (BHC) at SF General Hospital and replace them with 27 beds for short term use at the Hummingbird House Navigation Center.

On September 17, we shut down the Health Commission Meeting to demand that DPH "Save The ARF."

At the October 1st Health Commission Meeting, nurses, ARF residents, family and community members commented publicly to demand that DPH fill empty beds at the BHC and not convert them to short term use.

ARF resident Marcus Huiseman (pictured below) led the efforts both days at the Health Commission.
Photo Credit: Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local

Mission Local wrote a series of articles about this growing scandal at ARF and BHC:

You can sign an online petition to stop SFDPH from displacing people from ARF and from outsourcing jobs.
Voluntary Services First Coalition

The Voluntary Services First Coalition formed to oppose San Francisco's effort to expand the criteria for losing one’s civil liberties through conservatorships.

Please attend the next meeting of the Voluntary Services First Coalition:

Friday, November 1, 2019, 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Senior and Disability Action
1360 Mission Street, Suite 400 (between 9th and 10th Streets)
Mental Health Consumers
Working Group

Senior and Disability Action is hosting an open meeting for mental health consumers to advocate for improved public mental health services - Please RSVP with Raia at raia@sdaction.org

Friday, October 18, 2019, 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Senior and Disability Action
1360 Mission Street, Suite 400 (between 9th and 10th Streets)
October 10th Is World Mental Health Day

October/November Free Events
October and November are great months to enjoy free events in San Francisco. Here are some suggestions:

Natoma Block Party (October 26, 12 PM - 4 PM)
2019 MHSA Awards Ceremony

On September 24th, the 8th Annual Mental Health Services Act Awards Ceremony honored the achievements of peers & providers in MHSA-funded programs in San Francisco. This is the only MHSA Awards Ceremony in California that is run by 100% peers!

Congratulations to all participants, volunteers and awardees!!

Peer of the Year: Nancy Esteva

Peer Impact: Demetria Gigante

Team of the Year Awards:
1) Grupo De Suporte A Imigrantes at Mission Mental Health
2) The Gubbio Project
3) Mission Mental Health Clinic
2019 Conference

Do you know any SF Youth who would like to be a part of our community?
Work or Volunteer with MHASF!
Mental Health Association of San Francisco has multiple job, volunteering, and internship opportunities available. Please check our website, linked below, if you are interested!
It's My Life -
Peer Partners Support Group
It’s My Life - Peer Partners, is an innovative peer-run support group, helping individuals identify and hone in on their life goals. Join in on this opportunity for self-growth in a safe environment – and make some new friends!

For more information, contact:
The Warm Line
New Warm Line Hours Beginning October 7th:

Sundays, 7am - 9pm
Mondays, 7am - 11pm
Tuesdays, 7am - 11pm
Wednesdays, 7am - 11pm
Thursdays, 7am - 11pm
Fridays, 7am - 11pm
Saturdays, 7am - 3pm

Visit our website for more job openings and to apply:
Mental Health Association of San Francisco | 415-421-2926| 415-421-2928| info@mentalhealthsf.org| Website