International Mental Health Community Stands “Together Against Stigma” in San Francisco

Conference attendees engage with one another during workshops at the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

Conference attendees listen to the keynote speaker at the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

A groundbreaking conference of more than 750 prominent thought leaders, researchers, advocates, practitioners and policymakers from at least 17 countries gathered in San Francisco last week, energizing a global movement working to advance mental health around the globe. Held February 18-20, the 7th International “Together Against Stigma” Conference marked its first hosting in the United States.

Here are just a few snapshots of the activity that occurred during the 7th International “Together Against Stigma” Conference:

Activating Change through People, Programs and Policies that Work – An International Panel discussion with Members of the International Alliance Against Stigma and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the United States panelists (from left) Wayne Clark, PhD, Michael Pietrus, Johanne Bratbo, Andrew Thorp, Sue Baker, and Paolo del Vecchio gather after closing remarks at the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference, on Friday, February 20, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

“Activating Change through People, Programs and Policies that Work – An International Panel” discussion with Members of the International Alliance Against Stigma and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Panelists included (from left) Wayne Clark, PhD, Michael Pietrus, Johanne Bratbo, Andrew Thorp, Sue Baker, and Paolo del Vecchio.

(Left to right) Amanda Lipp, Mackenzie Ellsworth, Daniel Caldera, Patricia Titman, Deandre Evans pose for a photo after participating in the Youth Speak: Innovations for Future Generations panel discussion at the 7th annual International Together Against Stigma Conference, on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

(Left to right) Amanda Lipp, Mackenzie Ellsworth, Daniel Caldera, Patricia Titman, Deandre Evans pose for a photo after participating in the Youth Speak: Innovations for Future Generations panel discussion.

Lisa Garcia speaks on behalf of her organization, Recovery International, at the 7th annual International Together Against Stigma Conference, on Friday, February 20, 2015 in San Francisco.

Lisa Garcia speaks on behalf of her organization, Recovery International, at the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference.

California State Senator Mark Leno, left, stands with former President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Darrell Steinberg, right, who was honored as a mental health champion at the 7th annual International Together Against Stigma Conference on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

California State Senator Mark Leno, left, stands with former President pro Tempore of the California State Senate Darrell Steinberg, right, who was honored as a mental health champion at the 7th International Together Against Stigma Conference on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in San Francisco, CA.

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