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Stop Stigma Sacramento

Stigma and shame are the largest obstacles to recovery, treatment and societal understanding for people living with mental health conditions. Mental illness is treatable, and recovery is possible when education, family, peer and community supports are available and used. However, many never seek help or treatment because of the stigma, discrimination or shame they experience.  

The “Mental Illness: It’s not always what you think” project was initiated by Sacramento County Department of Health Services/ Division of Behavioral Health Services (DHS/BHS) to:

  • Reduce stigma and discrimination
  • Promote mental health and wellness
  • Inspire hope for people and families living with mental illness

The project ultimately seeks to reduce stigma and discrimination in Sacramento County by providing mental health information, resources and support to individuals and families. By educating the community on the facts about mental illness, we can eliminate the barriers people living with mental illness experience and provide a deeper understanding about mental health issues in general.

Reducing stigma and discrimination around mental illness will benefit thousands of individuals and families in Sacramento County, helping to make our community healthier and stronger. 

Explore our website to learn more about mental health and local resources; read personal stories from community members living with mental illness; and, to find out how you can help reduce stigma and discrimination in your community and get involved with the project.  

This program is funded by the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services through the voter approved Proposition 63, Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Click here to learn more about the Mental Health Services Act.