Mental Health Matters Month Weekly Round Up
Mental Health Matters Month activities are going strong. Here are last week’s highlights showing you what people in your communities are doing to speak up and speak out about mental health. Join the conversation and you might see your event right here next week!
San Bernardino County:
On Thursday, May 14, students and community members of Riverside and San Bernardino County came together for a screening and award ceremony for local participants in Directing Change, a student film contest focused on mental health and stigma reduction. The event had a great turnout with about 200 attendees from 11 schools, and awards were presented to films from each county for Best Script, Best Acting and Best Cinematography. Stay tuned for statewide winners of the Directing Change contest later this week!
UC Davis held a mental health fair on May 13 with the goal to bring together all of the campus’ mental health organizations, such as Active Minds, NAMI and Out of the Darkness, to inform students about mental health challenges. Fun activities, educational games and mental health resources were available to all who attended.
On Saturday, May 9, Sacramento teens and local organizations gathered at McKinley Park to spread mental health awareness. Jordana Steinberg, daughter of former state senate leader Darrell Steinberg, spoke at the event about her personal struggles and encouraged attendees to reach out when they feel they need support. The youth-organized event, which drew a crowd of more than 100 people, included a selfie station where guests could contribute a photo to the “Wall of Hope” with a supportive message.
El Dorado County:
The El Dorado County Mental Health Department hosted an open house on Wednesday, May 13 featuring a screening of Each Mind Matters’ documentary, “A New State of Mind.” About 30 people came through to learn about stigma and discrimination reduction and learn about various resources for people with mental health challenges.