Do you know someone who’s dedicated to promoting hope and fighting stigma around mental health in Sacramento County? Nominate this person to be a Mental Health Champion now!

This recognition honors individuals and organizations in Sacramento County who have made a significant contribution in reducing the stigma experienced by people with mental illness, providing support or treatment to people with mental illnesses, advocacy for issues related to mental health and/or advancing knowledge in the area of mental illness/health research. Selected nominees will be featured in “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project materials and activities, and on the project website.

Complete and return the Mental Health Champion Nomination form attached below.

Mental Health Champions Nomination form

If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to info@stopstigmasacramento.org.

”Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think”
Mental Health Champions Hall of Fame

May 2012:
  • Albert G. Titman, Sr., Behavioral Health Program Manager, Sacramento Native American Health Center
  • Frances Freitas, retired, Sacramento County
  • Kamila Baker, Youth Advocate, Turning Point Community Programs
  • La Familia Counseling Center
  • Marilyn Hillerman, Adult Family Advocate, Mental Health America of Northern California
  • Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, UC Davis
  • Susan Jim
July 2012:
  • Andrea Crook, Consumer Advocate Liaison, Mental Health America of Northern California
  • Consumers Self Help Center
  • Hank Lee, retired, Sacramento County
  • Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S., Associate Clinical Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Reba Vinson, member, Sacramento Association of Black Social Workers
  • The Effort
September 2012:
  • Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School
  • Cameron Carter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis Medical Center
  • Doris Jones, LCSW, chief of Adult Services in the Psychiatry Department, Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville
  • Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • Susan Taylor, Ph.D., Coordinator of the MHSA CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend, CSUS
  • Transitional Living & Community Support, Inc.
December 2012:
  • Joseph Sison, M.D., Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, UC Davis
  • Lisa Bertaccini, LCSW, retired, Sacramento County
  • Lishia Jackson, Human Services Social Worker, Sacramento County Child Protective Services
  • Ravneet Kang, student, CSUS
  • Sacramento County Office of Education, Prevention & Student Services Department
May 2013:
  • Alexis Bernard, Consultant, MKS Consulting
  • Andrew Bein, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor of Social Work, CSUS
  • Balanced – Bipolar and Depression Support
  • Debra Jaynes, Senior Mental Health Counselor, Sacramento County Adult Psychiatric Support Services
  • Glen Xiong, M.D., Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Richard Cross, M.D., Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mental Health Champions at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 24, 2012.

Above: Mental Health Champions at the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meeting on July 24, 2012.


Did You Know?

Abraham Lincoln lived with severe depression and Winston Churchill lived with bipolar disorder.

Countless successful actors, writers, musicians and artists have lived with mental illness, including: Catherine Zeta Jones, Carrie Fisher, Margot Kidder and Ludwig van Beethoven.

News broadcasters Jane Pauley and Mike Wallace have publicly documented their bipolar disorder and clinical depression.

Olympian gold medalist Michael Phelps frequently discusses his Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. Other famous athletes with mental illness include Golden Glove winner Jimmy Piersall, baseball players Dontrelle Willis and Zack Greinke and former football greats Lionel Aldridge, Herschel Walker and Greg Montgomery.

Read on to find out what's being done — and how you can help.

This program is funded by the Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).