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COMMUNITY MEETING TO RAISE MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Celebrate community members making a difference in mental health

Berkeley, California (Friday, May 04, 2018) - Come to an event on Wednesday, May 16th to learn more about mental health and wellness, build resiliency, and celebrate the services and community assets that support good mental health.

This gathering aims to bring neighbors and community members together and amplify the voices of all people that want to shatter the stigma that surrounds mental illness.

At this event created by the City of Berkeley's Mental Health Division, we will celebrate individuals and organizations that have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental health disorders in the cities of Berkeley and Albany.

Hear from our keynote speaker, Dr. Theopia Jackson, a licensed clinical psychologist who has a long history of providing child, adolescent and family therapy services, and specializes in serving populations with chronic illness and complex trauma. Dr. Jackson is an accomplished scholar-practitioner and educator who provides training and consultation on cultural competency.

The event will also include the viewing of three award-winning 60 second videos from local youth on the effects of bullying and cyberbullying, a phenomenon that affects the mental health of individuals and can also threaten the overall health and safety of schools and communities. Informational tables will be available on local programs and services. Food, fun and prizes will be provided.

Each Person Matters: Let's Talk About It!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street
Berkeley, CA 94703

Many people coping with mental health disorders report that the associated stigma and discrimination are nearly as debilitating as the disorder's symptoms themselves. Creating safe spaces for conversations about mental health can change lives. Attend the Each Person Matters event to show your support and help to reduce the stigma that prevents people from accessing services and improving their lives.

Do you want to learn more about how to help people experiencing a mental health crisis? The City of Berkeley and other community agencies periodically host a Mental Health First Aid training course. Learn the warning signs, strategies for how to help, and where to turn for assistance. Visit Mental Health First Aid to learn more and find a course near you.

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