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Celebrate community members making a difference in mental health

Berkeley, California (Friday, May 10, 2019) - Come to an event on Thursday, 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 presenters on the impact of mental health treatment, how barriers and stigma impact the entire community, and what works.

The event will also include the viewing of three award-winning 60 second videos from local youth on mental health and homelessness. Students explore the challenges of mental health and homelessness, how these factors interact, and share their ideas of how to address these challenges.  Informational tables will be available on local programs and services. Food, fun and prizes will be provided.

Strengthening Mental Wellness in All Communities
Thursday, May 16, 2019
5:45pm - 8:30pm
Judge Henry Ramsey Jr. 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 this community 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.

Until May 24, we're also inviting community members to weigh in on our online forum about what they see as unmet mental health needs in our community

Use our forum and let us know.


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