The Storytellers Series
Conversations on Addiction, Depression & Bipolar Disorder

 Dr. Anna Lembke

Psychiatrist, Author

A specialist in the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and the author of Drug Dealer, MD, How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It's So Hard to Stop.

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Anna Lembke, MD


October 28, 2021

12-1:30pm PT

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Dr. Cassandra Joubert

Author of Losing Control:

Loving a Black Child with

Bipolar Disorder

Using her personal story to assist in alleviating the stigmas of mental illness disorders within the African-American Community, she tells of signs and symptoms to educate parents and others about Bipolar Disorders.

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Cassandra Joubert, ScD


January 27, 2022

12-1:30pm PT

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 Shonda Buchanan

Author, Professor, Director of

Central California’s Children’s Institute

Author of Black Indian, a memoir, begins the saga of migration stories of Free People of Color communities exploring identity, ethnicity, landscape and loss.

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Shonda Buchanan


February 24, 2022

12-1:30pm PT

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Artist, Writer, Mother

Author of He Came in With It, a memoir chronicling her journey with her son with schizophrenia, who is also an artist.

Dr. Alex Korb

Neuroscientist, Author and Coach

Author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time. Dr. Korb uses his research and demystifies the intricate brain processes that cause depression and offers a practical and effective approach to getting better.

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Alex Korb, PhD


March 31, 2022

12-1:30pm PT

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MHA presents a free virtual four-part speaker series about serious mental illness; what it is, how it is treated, what its’ effect is on families and what could or should be different. Host Angie Coiro, one of the Bay Area's most engaged and skillful interviewers will lead these educational LIVE interviews, where your questions are encouraged and answered.

If you miss any of the informative and inspiring Storyteller Series they can be accessed under MHA Newsroom Videos.

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Marilyn David-Krasner, MSW
Ginny Stewart, LCSW

A continuation of the Navigating The Mental Health System Series


"I appreciate Spring Street Shelter for helping me to reintegrate into normal society. I am confident that today is better than yesterday, and tomorrow will be better than today."

—  Jereme, MHA Client



Empowering People To Create Their Best Life


The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA), a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization.




Days of Shelter
Friendship Center Days
Case Mgmt. Support Hours


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Transitional and permanent housing sites

for individuals with serious mental illness.

Strengthening hope by providing support

and opportunities for socialization.

Job opportunities for healthcare

professionals and volunteers.


"Tiffany and Amanda helped me move in here. When they left I lay on my back on the bed and just cried.  It had been so long since I had a home." 

—  Wendy, Belmont Apartment Client

after being selected for permanent housing

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SolMateo 40th Signature Kitchen Tour

Friday, May 13, 2022 | 10AM - 3PM

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Navigating the Mental Health System

January 27, February 24 & March 24, 2022 | 12PM