Mental illness impacts every ethnic, racial, economic, religious, and age group. Roughly one in every five adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition during their lifetime. Many never seek help or treatment because of the stigma, discrimination, or shame they experience. However, with education, support and treatment, people can—and do—recover and live fulfilling lives.
The Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau (SSSSB) is part of the larger “Mental Illness: It's not always what you think" stigma and discrimination project, which is led by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services. The SSSSB, which is coordinated by Sacramento County Public Health, is comprised of trained speakers, including advocates, allies, and those with lived experience with mental health challenges, who share their stories of hope and recovery.
Scheduling a speaker for your organization is a great way to start a conversation about mental health and help dispel stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. Speaking events are great for:
- Businesses & Employee Groups
- Community Based Organizations
- Philanthropic Groups
- Places of Worship
Learn more about the “Mental Illness: It's not always what you think" project, the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau, and request a speaker.
The SSSSB is open to people who live or work in Sacramento County. Speaking events are limited to locations within Sacramento County.