Mental Health Matters Month Weekly Round-Up

Directing Change Award Ceremony:

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On Tuesday, May 19, student filmmakers from across the state gathered at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento to learn the statewide winners of the third annual Directing Change Film Contest. A total of 420 submissions, representing 1,226 students and 112 high schools, and seven University of California campuses (UC) from 33 counties were received, and students from six high schools and six UCs were awarded for their films. Read our blog to find out who the winners were and watch all of the films!

Los Angeles County:


Committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, Love Infinity, a handmade jewelry company that raises awareness about mental illness and donates a portion of their proceeds to NAMI, hosted a successful fundraiser attended by more than 300 people on May 17 in Venice, Calif. Hosted in partnership with Hustle and Flow, the celebration consisted of a motivating hour-long indoor cycling class followed by an outdoor party with a DJ, food trucks and a photo booth. Westside LA NAMI supported the event and distributed materials about their services and the grassroots work they do to raise awareness about mental health and wellness. Through the support of community partners who donated portions of their proceeds and prizes for the raffle, more than $4,500 dollars was raised.

Lake County:

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On Wednesday, May 20,  staff from Lake County Behavioral Health Department held a May is Mental Health Awareness Month Lunch in the park in Middletown, CA. They set up information booths to spread the word on mental health stigma hoping to increase awareness throughout the community. Lake County Behavioral Health Department staff along with the Wellness Center staff from La Voz De La Esperanza, Circle of Native Minds and The Bridge Wellness Centers were all involved in the event.


Ventura County:


Thank you to Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department, the Simi Valley Hospital, Simi Valley Newheart Foursquare Church, the City of Simi Valley, Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, Conejo Outreach Conference for your efforts this May for Mental Health Matters Month.

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