Mental Health Matters Month Unites Californians

During the month of May, mental health advocates and a growing community of Californians, united by Each Mind Matters, California’s Mental Health Movement, will seek opportunities to start a conversation about mental health and break down the stereotypes that surround these challenges in their communities.

Below is a sample of events taking place statewide. You can be a part of Mental Health Matters Month by attending or promoting these events, or sharing your own events with Each Mind Matters:

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  • Each May, California youth apply their creativity in the Directing Change student video contest to tackle the important topics of suicide prevention and ending the silence of mental illness. 420 submissions representing 1226 students and 31 counties were received, and winners will be announced at an award ceremony on May 19th, 2015 at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento at 4:00 p.m. More information is available at
  • Throughout the month of May, Butte County, in partnership with their libraries, will be providing community education for Mental Health Awareness Month. Contact: Jeremy Wilson at [email protected].
  • Monterey County Health Department, Behavioral Health Bureau is holding a Family Fun Festival to celebrate Monterey’s mental health with music and dance performances, games and activities for all ages, raffles, community resources, and free lunch on May 17th, 2015 from 12:00-4:00PM. Contact: Elizabeth Ambrize at [email protected].
  • Disability Rights California will be hosting four live TweetChats on Twitter in the month of May to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Use the hashtag #TweetMH to join the live TweetChat on any of the days and times listed below. Go to and authorize the app to link to your Twitter account. You can then search for #TweetMH and only see conversations using the hashtag. Contact: Margaret Jakobson-Johnson at [email protected].
    • Friday May 8th, 2015 from 10:30-11:30AM about Mental Health Parity.
    • Friday May 15th, 2015 from 10:30-11:30AM about Psychiatric Service and Emotional Support Animals.
    • Friday May 22nd, 2015 from 10:30-11:30AM about Mental Health Employment Discrimination.
    • Friday May 29th, 2015 from 10:30-11:30AM about Mental Health Peer Support.

All events happening are available on the Each Mind Matters Events Page!

If you have an event coming up, contact Jenna Thompson at [email protected] to have it listed on the events page.