Whether in poetry, spoken word, or song, let's unite our voices 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 partners with San Mateo County Health and organizations throughout the area in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month. 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 U.S. 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 chapbooks through the acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared in The Banyan Review, Cultural Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Vox Populi, among others. As Poet Laureate, she works to amplify the role of poetry in public discourse.
StarVista is a nonprofit mental health care organization delivering counseling, skill development, and crisis prevention to help all ages and stages through life’s challenges. If you are currently in crisis and need an immediate response, please call StarVista’s Crisis Hotline at 650-579-0350 or call 911.