Save the Date: Mental Health Matters Day 2016

By: Zima Creason, CEO, Mental Health America of California*

Mark your calendars for May 24 as hundreds of people will gather in Sacramento on the West Steps of the Capitol building for Mental Health Matters Day 2016: Awareness. Action. Change.

The coalition that has come together to plan and host this very special day believes passionately in the power of awareness, action and change to better the lives of people with mental health challenges. Speaking up about mental health is an essential part of battling stigma, and our voices are amplified when we speak up together. By hosting Mental Health Matters Day, we continue to strengthen our community and the movement towards ending stigma.

We have some exciting speakers and entertainment booked including Scott Budnick, founder and president of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and executive producer of “The Hangover” movie series and Yashi Brown, a poet/spoken word artist and mental health advocate who has lived with bipolar disorder and author of “Black Daisy in a White Limousine: 77 Poems.” Our event emcee will be Paul Gilmartin, former TV host of TBS’ “Dinner and a Movie,” stand-up comedian (Comedy Central Presents) and host of the Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast.

Also, be sure to bring your picnic gear (folding chairs, blankets, etc.) and stay for our food truck party following the speaking program. We will have DJ Anointed opening the event and DJ Joseph One closing out our day.

Visit for more information and check out the following links:

Click here for the event flyer
Click here to view the sponsorship letter
Click here for sponsorship packages
Click here for low cost exhibit table information for nonprofit, community agencies

I look forward to seeing you on May 24th!


zimaZima Creason is the CEO of Mental Health America of California. She has over 14 years of mental health policy, advocacy, and public education experience. Nine of those years have been spent working in collaboration with Rusty Selix, co-writer of California’s Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act.

Zima spent three years of her career working with the team at the National Alliance for Mental Illness in California (NAMI CA) under the direction of their former Executive Director, Grace MacAndrews.

Zima’s passion for mental health policy, advocacy and education stems from mental health and substance abuse issues in her family and the loss of her sister to suicide. She is committed to defeating mental health stigma and discrimination as well as access issues that prohibit Californians from receiving the mental health services they need when they need them.

*Guest blog: Each Mind Matters provides a platform for open dialogue and varying perspectives about mental health. The opinions of the author of guest blogs don’t necessarily reflect those of Each Mind Matters. If you have questions or comments about a blog written by a guest writer we encourage you to continue the discussion with the author by contacting the organization listed in the bio.