In the spring of 2013, the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHHS/DBHS) as part of the “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project hosted a contest for a youth-created public service announcement (PSA) video. Mental illness affects one in five kids and young adults but many are too afraid to talk about it due to embarrassment or shame. In an effort to fight stigma, the project asked Sacramento youth and young adults to create a 30-second PSA videos discussing mental health in a positive way.

There were many fantastic entries, and after a period of public voting where anyone could vote for their favorite entry, the students from Mr. Rowland's class at Arden Middle School won the "Mental Illness: It's not always what you think" Youth PSA Contest! View the winning PSA here!

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, Demi Lovato 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 Basketball Star Royce White, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, 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).