We are Heart and Soul, Inc.
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Acceptance, inclusion, and dignity
for those striving toward self-defined mental wellness...
Founded in 2005, Heart and Soul Inc. is a peer-founded, operated, and governed organization. Hosting over 6000 program visits per year, our Self Help Centers and anti-stigma programming offer a variety of mental health recovery-oriented and wellness support opportunities for adults within San Mateo County.
Peer support was declared an evidence-based practice by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2007. Supporting our participants in taking a whole-person-centered approach towards their mental wellness is our goal. Through one-on-one, peer-to-peer counseling, self-help groups, mindfulness classes, art for wellness, and our highly respected campaign, Seeing Through Stigma, we are changing the conversation from Diagnosis to Dialogue and shifting the focus from Mental Illness to Mental Resilience! Our dedicated and passionate staff encourages individuals with mental health challenges to be engaged in their recovery efforts.
Meet Our Management Team
Interim Executive Director
Brian has held a number of roles in the nonprofit world. At Heart and Soul he sat on the board for 4 years, during which time he served terms as president and treasurer as well as interim program director for H&S’s HOPE program. In addition, Brian is a peer supervisor at CASA of San Mateo County, was head of Outreach and Operations at Mask Project, a therapist at Achieve Kids, a community mediator at Palo Alto Mediation Program, a mentor and trainer at LifeMoves (formerly Shelter Network), and a Housing Commissioner for Menlo Park. Brian holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and degrees in Business and Engineering from University of Michigan.
Amaal Greenwood Goodwin
I was diagnosed with my mental health challenges in 2009. After learning how to support myself in my mental wellness recovery, I became a founding member of the California Clubhouse where I gained stability and employment. It was through the Clubhouse that I got my position as a peer mentor for the HOPE Helping Our Peers Emerge program, a Heart and Soul collaborative pilot program. As of July 1, 2019, I am now the Program Director of Heart and Soul. I enjoy my role overseeing our wellness centers Friends of Hope, True Hope, The Source and Coastside. I work on partnering with the local organizations in the mental health community. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or opportunities to collaborate.
Seeing Through Stigma, Program Director
I have worked with Heart and Soul for 8 years. My recovery experience consists of the coping skills I have formed over the years to manage my mental health challenges. Some of these include sleep, nutrition, exercise, and socialization. It is also important for me to do the things I love to do most which are my favorite hobbies. I enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and watching movies. It is important for me to work in a job which excites and motivates me. I am able to do that working with Heart and Soul's Seeing Through Stigma. I enjoy working with the peers in recovery and getting to know them and scheduling the panels. I also enjoy pairing the panelists with the panels. More...
Program Director, HOPE
Hello, I serve as the Program Director for the H.O.P.E. program and carry a background of work in the field of mental health, substance use treatment, and I'm particularly passionate about mentoring and educating transitional aged youth. I'm personally committed to human rights and welfare and creating a compassionate and empathetic environment of support within the workspace. In my free time, I enjoy finding places in nature to explore, visiting friends, and recording music at home.
For me, important aspects of the mental health recovery journey are hope and community. In recovery, I have been empowered with new life skills and ways of thinking to manage my mental health challenges. It means I am not a powerless victim cursed with a lifelong affliction, but a survivor with a wellness toolkit to build a happier future. I’ve been able to create a healthy, joyful, and productive life, and I can give back to the community. When I realized that I am not alone, but a member of a peer community who understand my experiences, I no longer felt isolated, stigmatized, and cut off from society. I belong somewhere! When I learned that sharing the story of my lived experience can help others, recovery gave meaning to my struggles.
I joined Heart and Soul in July 2015. Learning about mental wellness and peer support has been life-affirming for me. It is especially gratifying to use my skills to advocate for the mental health community. Above all, I love feeling so connected to my co-worker peers; whenever I express myself, I know I will be understood.
My hobbies are: Creative pursuits such as calligraphy, watercolors, and Zentangle art; Love of music, especially Jazz and the Gypsy Swing music of Django Reinhardt; Reading and the study of history; Following current events and being politically active; Speed-solving the New York Times crossword puzzles; Networking with my many friends on Facebook; Museum-going in San Francisco; Celebrating my Asian heritage; and the joy of cooking. As a recent contestant on "Jeopardy!", I had the honor of appearing in Alex Trebek's last episodes.