Join the Speakers Bureau

Stopping Stigma in our community will take the voices of many. If you are living with a mental illness, have a friend or loved one living with a mental illness, or want to support our efforts, join the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speakers Bureau and:

  • Share your personal story about living with mental illness
  • Promote positive attitudes about living with mental illness
  • Share messages of wellness, hope and recovery

Public speaking experience is not necessary. An orientation and training will be provided for all new Speakers Bureau participants.

Thank you for your interest in the Speakers Bureau. We will be accepting new applications soon. Please check again after January 1, 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email us at

Request a Speaker

The Speakers Bureau is taking a brief break. We will be accepting speaking requests again after January 1, 2018. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email us at

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).